“Advocate Mpofu’s employment was terminated on the grounds of incompatibility and a total breakdown in the relationship of trust between him and the Board,” she says.r /r /On 23 January, the public broadcaster announced that the Board took the decision to “part ways” with Mpofu after three disputed suspensions. He was dismissed with immediate effect, following a Board meeting on 20 January. Mpofu was first suspended in May 2008 after he suspended head of news and current affairs, Snuki Zikalala. r /r /According to a letter from the SABC Board, Mpofu will be paid all amounts due to him in terms of his contract with the SABC for the remainder of the period of his contract, which expires in July 2010.r /r /Mkonza says the process of recruiting a new GCEO has not started yet “but the Board will discuss this matter in its next sitting in about two weeks. The Board views this as a matter of urgency as the process has already dragged on for months.r /r /”The recruitment process is driven by the Board and usually involves top recruitment agencies. The final recommendation involves a cabinet process through the Minister as the representative of the shareholder. This is a process regulated under the SABC’s articles of association.”r /r /Mpofu says he is not concerned that the Board will soon have discussions regarding a new GCEO. “There is no need to appoint a new GCEO until the matter is finalised.”r /r /He is expected to approach the court to fight his dismissal, the details of which will likely be announced early next week.
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