SABC victimising suspended acting CEO James Aguma, says attorney

Defence attorney Osborne Molatudi is trying to convince the hearing that the SABC should not be allowed to add more charges against Aguma.

FILE: James Aguma. Picture: Screengrab.

JOHANNESBURG - Suspended South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) acting group CEO James Aguma's representatives have told his disciplinary hearing that the public broadcaster is victimising him.

Aguma was suspended from the SABC two months ago for allegedly lying to the interim board about former COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng's disciplinary hearing for misconduct over a fiery press conference in April.

The hearing is being held in Sandton on Tuesday.

Defence attorney Osborne Molatudi has spent over an hour trying to convince the hearing that the SABC should not be allowed to add more charges against Aguma.

Molatudi says two charge sheets were brought before Aguma, only stating dishonesty and frustrating SABC disciplinary proceedings.

He says he believes the SABC realised it has no strong case against Aguma and is now scrambling for more charges in attempts to victimise him.

The charge being disputed is that Aguma allegedly granted Motsoeneng permission to hold a press briefing in April while he was on suspension.

Molatudi has requested minutes, transcripts and resolutions in order for the hearing to proceed.

Chairperson Professor Taki Madima is yet to make a decision on this.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)