The SABC will not be getting a new boss any time soon. Axed chief executive Dali Mpofu has been allowed to go to the Labour Court to get his job back, which effectively halts the search for a replacement, writes Buddy Naidu in the Sunday Times.

The latest salvo in the titanic battle between Mpofu and the SABC board comes a week after chairman Kanyi Mkonza called for the position to be filled “as a matter of urgency”, given the broadcaster’s precarious financial position.

At a press conference last Thursday, Mkonza also implied that the dispute had been settled, saying Mpofu had been paid out the remainder of his contract.

Acting CEO Gab Mampone announced that the public broadcaster expected pre-tax losses of almost R800-million this year.

Mampone said it was now “monitoring and stopping unnecessary spending” as part of a wide-ranging turnaround strategy.

In an ironic twist, Mpofu is believed to have been paid out R7-million.

Yesterday, Mpofu confirmed that he and his legal team were unable to make headway with the SABC lawyers at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration.

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