In two (2) affidavits filed minutes before the deadline ordered by the Labour Court, blame is being shifted from pillar to post by two SABC managers in a frantic attempt to avoid being held responsible for the wasted Public Broadcaster’s money.

Sebolelo Ditlhakanyane, Head of Radio News said she never took any decision to fire the journalists  – Simon Tebele, the now illegally appointed Group Executive for SABC News and Current Affairs, took the decision and signed the dismissal letters on her behalf.

Here are some excerpt from their affidavits.

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Tebele who has been described in a 2004 article by The Mail & Guardian as someone “whose credentials in news are a mystery to many” however shifts the blame to the then Acting Group Chief Executive,  Jimmy Matthews.

Ditlhakanyane in her statement said she tried to inform the initiator of the hearing, Simon Molaudzi, (former Education Manager and now personal confidante of  the COO) of the true facts that transpired.

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Despite this, Molaudzi persisted with the hearing.

The disciplinary hearing was postponed, and replaced by so-called Schedule 8 Notices. Ditlhakanyane proceeded to sign and serve these notices she received from TEBELE on the journalists – despite her understanding of what really transpired and her attempt to inform the initiator of the true situation.

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It is clear from her affidavit  Ditlhakanyane at no point in time did anything further to stop, avoid or distance herself from the dismissals.

She knew her name was on the letters, and it is clear from her affidavit that she would have personally signed it if she was in Johannesburg.

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See full affidavit here Sebolelo Affidavit

In his affidavit, TEBELE is shifting the blame to MATTHEWS and external legal council.

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So the matter seems fairly simple.

  1.  Matthews should be approached to file an affidavit in reply to TEBELE.
  2.  Ditlhakanyane never refused, distanced herself or disagree with the Schedule 8 Notices and raised no objection that same carries her name. She then agreed with the dismissals and must pay back the money.
  3. TEBELE took the advice of external council. He had a choice. He could refuse to take that advice. He must pay back the money. He can then sue the external council for the bad advice they gave him. In any event, he states he has followed SABC Policy. That is untrue. The Policy is clear a disciplinary hearing MUST be held.

See full affidavit here Tebele Affidavit





Letter to SABC Employee Relations Manager.

Dear Madam,

Kindly find attached a letter in respect of the announcement made by the SABC “donating” Public Broadcaster Funds to musicians.


Hannes du Buisson


musicians money.pdf



SABC Response to the unprocedural appointments.

There is no deviation process.

There is no SABC Practice on strategic positions.

They did not follow the recruitment policy.

We are in dispute!

sabc response to unprocedural appointments




UPDATE! The SABC responded.
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Andre Weber <>
Date: Thu, Aug 11, 2016 at 3:00 PM
Subject: QUERIES
Hi Hannes

Please note that we are not in a position at this stage to respond to your queries pertaining to the alleged unprocedural appointments

as well as the payment of the R 50 000-00 to artists.

It is anticipated that the information will be made available by next week Friday 19 August 2016.





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Letter to SABC General Manager, Employee Relations in respect of the unprocedural appointments.

Dear Madam,

Please find attached a self-explanatory letter in respect of the unprocedural appointments as announced by the SABC on 1 August 2016 for your urgent attention and action.


Hannes du Buisson


Unprocedural Appointments August 2016.pdf



The new appointments announced on Monday, 1 August 2016 does not comply with the SABC’s Recruitment Policy and will be challenged legally by BEMAWU in a dispute.

The SABC’s Recruitment Policy states:

“The SABC, as the national public broadcaster and an equal opportunity organization, recognizes that men and women are equal and therefore entitled to equitable employment practices.

The Employment of foreigners in the SABC will be subject to the unavailability in the South African Labour Market of skills or competencies inherently required in position/s advertised.

Vacant posts shall be advertised internally i.e. internal staff magazine, Intercom…

Human Resources shall arrange panel interviews for all the short-listed applicants (internal and external) for the vacant post.

It is clear the SABC has not followed its own Policy in this regard.

Furthermore, it appears as if Tebele has now been rewarded (instead of punished) for his role in the invalid and unlawful dismissals of the 8 SABC journalists.

This is what the SABC said in a press release:

SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago said Simon Tebele had been appointed as Group Executive for SABC News and Current Affairs‚ Tsheliso Ralitabo as Group Executive for Media Technology Infrastructure and Tshifhiwa Mulaudzi as Group Executive for Commercial Enterprises.

Kevin Green‚ the National Sales Manager: TV Sales was appointed General Manager: Television Sales‚ a position that was previously held by Mulaudzi.

In further reshuffling of portfolios‚ Bessie Tugwana‚ who was responsible for SABC Sport‚ will now head the organisation’s Corporate Affairs division and Sully Motsweni will take over SABC Sport.

Nomsa Philiso who was the Group Executive responsible for the Corporation’s Commercial Enterprises division will now head SABC Television.

“Collectively‚ the incumbents have served the organisation for many years in Senior and Executive positions‚” the SABC statement said.

The appointments are effective from Monday‚ 1 August and “are aimed at continuously maximising the organisation’s business efficiency and delivering on the public service mandate diligently as expected”.

“The SABC has expressed confidence in these appointments and believe that they will strengthen the SABC’s core business and the public service mandate‚” said Kganyago.