The future of the Media, Advertising, Publishing, Printing and Packaging training authority (Mappp-Seta) hangs in the balance with its constituents calling for it to be placed under administration following the forced suspension of its CEO, writes Thom MacLachlan in Business Day.

The entity has been split down the middle, with one camp headed by chairman Martin Deysel and the other siding with “whistle-blowing” CEO Melanie Bernard-Fryer, who was suspended last week.

Deysel said yesterday that Bernard-Fryer had been suspended “with full benefits” until a probe into allegations made against her had been completed.

He would not say what the nature of the allegations were.

The seta’s constituents, including the South African National Editors’ Forum and the South African Screen Federation (Sasfed), have voiced concerns about the Seta’s ability to perform according to its mandate.

Other constituents have reported delayed payment of learnership grants, attributing this to confusion within the seta’s administration.

Sasfed general secretary Nicola Rauch has called upon Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana to place the seta under administration. She said a picket had been organised to take place outside the Mappp-Seta offices in Rivonia on Friday next week.

“The protest will see constituents and staff calling for the seta to be placed under administration by the labour minister.”

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