Thursday, April 16, 2015

The suspended SABC TV boss Leo Manne wants his job back; has taken his case to the CCMA over the SABC suspension process and investigation.

The SABC's suspended boss for TV channels wants his job back and has now taken the SABC to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) in order to be reinstated.

Leo Manne has been on suspension from his job as the general manager for TV channels at the SABC for 6 months already, pending an ongoing investigation.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago didn't respond to a media enquiry regarding Leo Manne's CCMA complaint.

The CCMA confirmed that Leonardo Moerane Manne has approached the commission regarding his suspension. Leo Manne alleges that the SABC suspension process and investigation have been unfair and that he wants the SABC to reinstate him as general manager for TV channels.

Leo Manne was suspended by the SABC on 25 September 2014.

According to the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) records, Leo Manne was a director of Siyaya TV Consortium. Leo Manne says he declared his business interests to the SABC in 2012.

According to the CIPC, Siyaya TV Consortium shares an address and auditors with Siyaya Free To Air TV, although it's two separate business ventures.

In 2014 Siyaya Free to Air TV, which got a pay-TV licence from the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa), secured exclusive radio and TV broadcasting rights to Bafana Bafana games in a 6-year broadcast deal reportedly worth more than R1 billion, taking it away from the SABC and SABC1.