Whilst midst a protected strike and firmly believing to have the backs of what we believed to be our comrades, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) withdrew the mutual interest dispute in respect of a salary increase for SABC employees and rendering the continuation of the strike risky and possibly unprotected.

As a responsible union, having members interests at heart, we immediately suspended the strike and requested our member to report for duty.

We are disgusted by the conduct of the CWU, who has messed with employee’s livelihoods, emotions and feelings. Our dispute is well and alive, not resolved and it is not going to disappear.


The communication here under is self explanatory.

From: Sello Xama []
Sent: Friday, November 03, 2017 1:48 PM
Subject: FW: Withdrawal of Referral – Case No. GAJB20270-17


Dear Sir/Madam

The above matter and the attached documents refer.


Sello Xama

General Manager: Group Employee Relations (Acting)

SABC SOC Limited.

SABC Radio Park Building, Office 1925, 19th Floor,

Corner Henley and Artillery Roads, Auckland Park, Johannesburg

Private Bag X1, Auckland Park, 2006,

Gauteng, Republic of South Africa,

Tel: +27 (11) 714 2708 | Fax: +27 (11) 714 4030 / 3001



From: Shimane Kgantse []
Sent: Friday, 03 November 2017 1:43 PM
To: Thabo Mogalane; Boitumelo Fatane
Cc: Hannes du Buisson; booysen.mashego; Sello Xama
Subject: RE: Withdrawal of Referral – Case No. GAJB20270-17


Thank you Mr Mogalane


Shimane Kgantse

Acting Senior Commissioner Collective Bargaining
Telephone: +27113776733

Fax2Email:   086 506 9557

Cellphone:    071 306 5407
Call Centre: 0861 16 16 16 | Website:





From: Thabo Mogalane []
Sent: 03 November 2017 01:42 PM
To: Boitumelo Fatane <>
Cc: Shimane Kgantse <>; Hannes du Buisson <>; booysen.mashego <>;
Subject: Withdrawal of Referral – Case No. GAJB20270-17


This serves to inform you that Communication Workers Union is hereby withdrawing its referral to the CCMA – Case No. GAJB20270-17.

We would therefore appreciate it if all the necessary administrative arrangements in this regard could be done by the CCMA.

Thanking you in anticipation.



Thabo Mogalane

Deputy General Secretary

Communication Workers Union

Tel:  0117200360

Mobile:  0827105666

Fax:  0866701229



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.

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Aguma Affidavit



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.





TEL: 011 714-3863

FAX: 011 714-4030

MOBILE : 0825613546

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