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MMA, SOS seek answers over Matlala’s ‘settlement’

Earlier this week, EWN confirmed Matlala had reached a settlement but the SABC has refused to confirm it.

FILE: SABC's former CEO Frans Matlala. Picture: Stephen Grootes/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) and the Save Our South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Coalition (SOS) have now formally written to the public broadcaster demanding to know if it has received a settlement with its former CEO Frans Matlala and how much he is being paid.

Earlier this week, Eyewitness News confirmed Matlala had reached a settlement but the corporation has refused to confirm this.

Matlala was appointed to group CEO of the SABC in July last year and was then suspended in November before his disciplinary hearing scheduled for this week was suddenly cancelled.

The corporation has refused to say why he was suspended in the first place.

Media Monitoring Africa's William Bird says Matlala was suspended just five months into his job and no explanation was given as to why he was removed from his post.

"It's a major position, it's the CEO and then suddenly [he's] not there.

"As members of the public we have no idea why and we don't know on what basis he was suspended in. There's just too much that we simply don't know."

In the letter to the SABC, the two groups say they're giving the corporation a week to respond to their request for information.

They also say they could contest the agreement in court unless the corporation will be implementing the deal at its own risk.

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