The SABC’s response delayed the proceedings in the Johannesburg High Court which was scheduled for 10:00.
Thoba Karl-Halla, from Elements Media Relations Agency and Mpofu’s spokesperson, says Mpofu filed the urgent application to the high court because he believes that due process had not been followed by the SABC board in his suspension last week.R
“Mpofu contests his suspension as unfair and unlawful because he was not given the chance to respond to the board,” she said.
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Karl-Halla said she could not confirm this. However, more is expected to be revealed when Mpofu takes questions after the application has been heard. He will, however, not be holding a press conference today, she said.
Mpofu was suspended by the board shortly after he suspended the SABC group executive of news and current affairs, Snuki Zikalala.