Johannesburg High Court Judge Mohamed Jabjhay said he spoke for all
South Africans yesterday as he pleaded with the SABC board and the
broadcasterÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s suspended group CEO, Dali Mpofu, to seek mediation, writes Jocelyn Newmarch in Business Day.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œPlease, I speak the voice of the nation, the judiciary speaks the voice of the nation, forget your personal differences. Please try to resolve this matter,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â the judge begged Mpofu and the SABC board.
He was willing to offer his mediation services outside his judicial role, but also recommended empowerment firm Peotona co-founder Thandi Orleyn, a former Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration director.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œI have made my sentiments known. Advocate Mpofu is also an expert in alternative dispute resolutions. Perhaps this is a matter that should be channelled in those directions,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â said the judge.
MpofuÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s plea for the lifting of his third suspension will be decided next week as the SABC board failed to file answering papers yesterday. He welcomed the judgeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s mediation suggestion, saying he had also proposed this.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThey have impaired my dignity. IÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢m standing here suffering, the organisation is suffering,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Mpofu said. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œOnce that is sorted out we can resolve other outstanding issues.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â MpofuÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s lawyers indicated that his suspension had to be lifted first.
The SABC board welcomed the postponement, and said it too had proposed mediation.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œAn agreement could not be reached on a mediation process because the GCEO (Mpofu) insisted on preconditions,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â the board said in a statement.
The board said it would not deal with the matter in the media, as this was not in the interests of the corporation or stakeholders. Board chair- woman Khanyi Mkonza said: ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWe have to reiterate that we consider the charges of misconduct against the GCEO to be very serious ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¦ it is important that we follow due process in dealing with them.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
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