The SABC fired its suspended CE , Dali Mpofu, but he has vowed to fight them every step of the way, writes Jocelyn Newmarch in the Weekender.
On Friday, the public broadcaster said a board meeting held on Tuesday had decided to ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œpart waysÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â with Mpofu with immediate effect.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œI think the statement is meant to deliberately confuse people,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Mpofu told The Weekender, because the term ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œparting of waysÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â implied a mutual decision.
He said the SABCÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s decision was a ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œunilateral terminationÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â that was consistent with the boardÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s actions thus far.
Mpofu said he would consult his lawyers at the weekend, but he would fight on as the dismissal had not followed a disciplinary hearing and proper procedure.
Mpofu was suspended last May, following his suspension of SABC head of news and current affairs Snuki Zikalala .
He took the SABC to court, successfully arguing that his suspension be overturned. He was then suspended again .
The SABC board has come under considerable pressure since then, with the African National Congress (ANC) making no secret of its plans to remove the board.
A crucial piece of legislation, the Broadcasting Amendment Act, which provides for the boardÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s removal, was passed by Parliament last year and now awaits President Kgalema MotlantheÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s signature.
Mpofu said the SABC boardÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s decision to dismiss him may have been rushed through before the board is removed.
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