It seems the SABC cannot catch a break. Scandal after scandal plagues the public broadcaster, with the latest focusing on Robert Marawa’s return to the organisation.
According to this story, broken by Sunday World over the weekend, the SABC is charging top executives over irregularities in Marawa’s appointment, including new chief operating officer Chris Maroleng and acting head of SABC Sport, Marcia Mahlalela.
But Mahlalela may be off the hook as, according to this tweet, she resigned from the SABC with immediate effect.
Marcia Mahlalela, acting head of SABC Sport has resigned with immediate effect. Marcia Mahlalela was to be charged about alleged irregularities with the appointment of Robert Marawa at a R5.5 million contract. SABC COO, Chris Maroleng, has apparently also been charged. pic.twitter.com/XCgBAdAy2j
— TVwithThinus (@TVwithThinus) July 15, 2018
Sunday World also revealed that Mahlalela led the process for Marawa’s appointment and sealed the deal with her signature.
Approached for clarity on the matter, SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago was only able to offer this: “The SABC can confirm that the investigation into the process of appointment of Mr Robert Marawa has been finalised. The implicated officials will be afforded an opportunity to give their side of the story. The SABC is therefore not in a position to comment further as this is an internal matter”.
The probe was instituted by former acting CEO Nomsa Philiso, after she received numerous internal complaints from staff who told her the appointment did not follow the correct procedures. The deal with Marawa is a three year one valued at around R5.5 million.
The Media Online tried contacting Maroleng multiple times for his side of the story, but was unsuccessful.