The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board will appeal a
high court ruling setting aside the suspension of chief executive Dali
Mpofu, board chairperson Khanyi Mkhonza said.

"After careful study of the judgement, the board has identified areas of concerns that we believe can only be clarified through the legal process," Mkhonza said in a statement.

"The board has therefore decided to lodge an appeal in the high court on Tuesday May 20 2008."

The Johannesburg High Court ruled on Monday that Mpofu's suspension on May 7 was unlawful because the meeting where it was decided did not follow the correct legal procedures.

Judge Moroa Tsoka found that Mpofu's "right to participate fully" in the meeting was infringed upon and said Mkhonza had handled the entire matter badly.

The judge said Mkhonza's behaviour fell short of "a director who should act independently".

Mpofu was suspended a day after he suspended his news chief, Snuki Zikalala, who was accused of leaking a memorandum on Mpofu's alleged bad management of the SABC to the Sunday Times.

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