James Aguma, Acting GCEO has fingered the unprocedurally (and therefore unlawfully) appointed GE: News and Current Affairs Simon Tebele as the person who should be held personally liable for the cost incurred in the invalid and unlawfull dismissals of three SABC journalists, Lukhanyo Calata, Busisiswe Ntuli and Thandeka Gqubule.
Instead of taking accountability as the Acting GCEO or naming any other party or person, Aguma filed a three page affidavit which by working disputes Tebele’s earlier affidavit filed in the other four journalist’s matter wherein Tebele tried to blame Jimi Matthews, Legal Council and the SABC Labour Relations Department for the dismissals.
In his affidavit Aguma made no mention of Matthews, the Labour Relations Department of the SABC or legal council’s involvement in the matter.
As far as we could establish, (despite it being a requirement or else such evidence will be hearsay), Tebele’s affidavit makes reference to two confirmatory affidavits (in support of his affidavit and version) which was never provided and submitted. His version before court is therefore unsupported, in particular by the people he tried to blame.
Fact is, he had the choice to accept or reject the advice given. Given his seniority in the SABC and the positions he held at the Public Broadcaster he knew exactly what he had to do – which was to at least proceed with a disciplinary hearing before dismissing the journalists.
We now await Tebele’s Affidavit.