Former SABC COO Chris Maroleng has vowed to fight for his job at the SABC through the CCMA after termination of contract.
Fired South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Chief Operations Officer (COO) Chris Maroleng says he will challenge his dismissal outside the broadcaster’s disciplinary process. Maroleng was appointed in January 2018 as Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s successor, who was fired from the broadcaster in June 2017 for bringing it into disrepute.
In a brief statement on Tuesday, 23 April 2019, the public broadcaster said that “The SABC board met on Tuesday, April 23. After due consideration of the findings and recommendations of a disciplinary process, the board resolved to terminate the contract … with immediate effect.”
The former SABC COO was found guilty of three out of four charges that he was facing, which include approving a monthly acting allowance of just over R15 000 for an employee, despite a written contrary decision by Human Resources (HR). He was also found guilty of two charges relating to protecting former Acting Group Executive for Sport, Marcia Mahlalela.
Speaking to media on Tuesday evening, 23 April 2019, Maroleng said he felt “quite devastated” after being axed and insisted that he had acted in the best interests of the broadcaster.
“I am currently taking legal advice. My legal advisers will most likely say I can appeal, and we will take this outside the SABC disciplinary processes and follow the normal appeals route.
“I may have not followed processes to the T, or I may have demonstrated some sort of bad judgment, but the truth is that I never did anything that will ultimately result in the financial loss of the SABC. I did not defraud the SABC. I did not act corruptly to enrich anyone, including myself, but ultimately here I am fired,” Maroleng argued.
Maroleng made submissions to the SABC board after being found guilty, stating that he wanted to be given a final written warning for his transgressions. He also explained that he is his family’s breadwinner and has three young children, school fees, two properties and two cars that he needed to take care of.
“A dismissal in the circumstances will be catastrophic for the Maroleng family.
“Maroleng is playing a significant executive role for the SABC in relation to the broadcasting of the 2019 national and provincial elections. Maroleng is playing a significant role for the SABC’s claw-back campaign with a view to reducing the SABC’s revenue gap,” his submission states.