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26 October 2010

Appointment of the SABC's Acting CEO

The Board of Directors at a meeting held on 25 October 2010, resolved to approve the reappointment of Mr. Robin Nicholson as Acting Group Chief Executive Officer, until such time that the disciplinary matter against Mr. Mokoetle had been finalised.

The Board has expressed full confidence in Mr. Nicholson and his ability to lead the SABC at this time.

The Board further considered the finding in the disciplinary matter against Mr. Nicholson on charges of misconduct flowing from the report of the Auditor General.

Mr. Nicholson’s disciplinary hearing was chaired by Senior Counsel NA Cassim and the finding delivered on 9 December 2009. Mr. Nicholson was found guilty on two of the five charges. Mr. Nicholson was found not guilty on two out of the five charges and negligent on one of the five charges.

The finding was of having infringed the application of the procurement policy with regard to the manner in which Mr. Nicholson sought to retain existing service providers as well as the authorization of payments for such services before a valid contract was in place.

The Chairperson of the hearing could find no dishonesty on the part of Mr. Nicholson. Adv. Cassim found that he was a man of integrity and dedicated to the services of the SABC. The recommended sanction was that of a formal written warning to endure for a period of nine months.

The Board has accepted the finding of Adv. Cassim without reservation.

ENDS
Issued By: Group Communications
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