The public broadcaster is to approach the Labour Court today to file an application to set aside 28 appointments that have been declared “unlawful and invalid,” according to spokesperson Vuyo Mthembu.
This follows the release of the SABC’s report into its year-long investigation into claims of editorial interference. Some of the recommendations made by the inquiry, headed by veteran journalist Joe Thloloe, were that an audit of appointments be conducted and reviewed, and where gaps are found these appointments must be reversed and re-advertised.
The investigation started last May, upon the binding recommendations of a report by the public protector into political and editorial interference.
Yesterday, Mthembu said: “The application follows recommendations in the report by the public protector and a parliamentary ad-hoc committee, as well as the SABC’s internal investigation with regard to irregular appointments at the SABC.