SABC Executives Charged Over R5.5 Million Robert Marawa Hiring

Robert Marawa
Robert Marawa

Reports are that the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has allegedly charged top executives who had a role in the rehiring on sports anchor Robert Marawa.

According to a Sunday World report former acting CEO Nomsa Philiso instituted the investigations after receiving complaints from internal staff who alleged that the appointment did not follow the correct procedures.

The new chief operating officer Chris Maroleng and acting group executive for SABC Sport Marcia Mahlalela were charged at the conclusion of the two weeks investigation.

Mahlalela reportedly tendered her resignation from the SABC with immediate effect after she was charged.

Mahlalela faces the following charges:

  • Demoting a junior for refusing to draft a motivational letter for the appointment of Marawa.
  • Signing off on Marawa’s contract without consulting the sports finance department to check whether there was a budget to fund the appointment.
  • Neglect of her fiduciary duties for allegedly agreeing to pay Marawa R7000 a show amounting to R5.5 million over three years.

Maroleng is reported to face charges of interfering with the appointment and allegations that he failed to disclose his friendship with Marawa.

Maroleng and Mahlalela have refused to comment on the matter.

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