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SABC employee loses case

Philani Nombembe | 2016-02-11 00:58:54.0
Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe ruled Masinga had not proved his allegations that Motsoeneng had initiated the disciplinary action against him. File photo
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The SABC and its controversial chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng have been vindicated following a High Court action by a senior employee who challenged disciplinary action against him.

SABC group executive of technology Siphokuhle Masinga filed an application in the Western Cape High Court seeking relief following efforts by the national broadcaster to implement disciplinary action against him and, subsequently, terminate his employment.

He claimed a letter sent to him by Motsoeneng in May last year, advising him of pending disciplinary action, was invalid as SABC protocol required that staff be disciplined by the SABC board.

Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe ruled Masinga had not proved his allegations that Motsoeneng had initiated the disciplinary action against him.

She said the letter signed by Motsoeneng stated the SABC had appointed an external legal expert as evidence leader in Masinga's hearing.

The SABC had shown that the move had approval from the chairperson of the SABC board.

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