Suspended SABC CEO Aguma now facing 10 charges

Aguma’s lawyers argued on Tuesday that the hearing into his conduct be set aside due to outstanding documents.

A screengrab of former SABC Group Chief Executive James Aguma. Picture: Screengrab

JOHANNESBURG – Suspended acting South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) group CEO James Aguma is now facing 10 charges, including abuse of authority and breaching the Public Funds Management Act.

Aguma’s lawyers argued on Tuesday that the hearing into his conduct be set aside due to outstanding documents.

He was suspended from the SABC two months ago for allegedly lying to the interim board about former COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s disciplinary hearing.

Chairperson of the disciplinary hearing against Aguma, Professor Taki Madima, says there were initially six charges against the suspended SABC acting group CEO and four more have been added.

“Charge one, breach of your contract of employment and the business code of conduct and ethics. Charge four, breach of supply management chain policy.”

Aguma’s legal representative Osborne Molatudi says they have decided to make an urgent application for the hearing to be declared unlawful.

“We’ve now received an instruction to launch an urgent Labour Court application challenging the lawfulness of this case.”

Molatudi says this is because the SABC has not furnished his team with the resolution by the SABC’s interim board which includes minutes and transcripts taken during two meetings in April and May.

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Molatudi said during previous sittings, Madima ruled that the SABC must furnish them with the resolution by the SABC's interim board which includes minutes and transcripts taken during two meetings in April and May.

But Madima ruled that the hearing will continue because these documents don't have a bearing on this particular sitting.

“All of the requests have no bearing or relevance on the continuation or not of the disciplinary hearing.”

The hearing adjourned for a few minutes and Molatudi returned with a letter letting Professor Madima know that they plan to file an urgent application to have the process declared unlawful.

The chairperson said this letter does not stop the disciplinary hearing against Aguma.

The case continues on Wednesday.