Wednesday, July 5, 2017

SABC removes acting CFO Audrey Raphela; reportedly suspended sports and radio bosses Sully Motsweni and Orapeleng Lethebe.

The SABC has removed the controversial Audrey Raphela as acting chief financial officer (CFO) at the public broadcaster, and ordered acting general manager for stakeholder relations Puleng Thulo back to Radio 2000 where she's the station manager.

The SABC also reportedly suspended the SABC's group executive for sports Sully Motsweni and the acting general manager for radio Orapeleng Lethebe, although there's been no confirmation from the SABC.

Audrey Raphela was called a liar in parliament last month were she faced several calls for her suspension and removal.

The SABC reportedly also replaced acting group executive for corporate affairs, Keobokile Mosweu, with Hosea Jiyane.

According to reports, the SABC interim board ordered SABC management to overturn the firing of the SABC sports presenters and analysts David Kekana, Coudjoe Amakwaa, Lindani Mbense and Christopher Bongo.

The four sports reporters were fired last month and told their services won't be needed after the end of June as the cash-strapped SABC is terminating several freelance contracts.

The alleged suspension of Sully Motsweni and Orapeleng Lethebe comes after the SABC and radio station Metro FM gave sports presenter Robert Marawa a letter saying he has to provide reasons why he shouldn't be fired.

The sports presenters made use of the open door policy of the new SABC interim board, and went directly to the board to explain how they are allegedly being harassed and mistreated by SABC senior managers inside the public broadcaster.