ARBITRATION AWARD UPLIFTS UNFAIR SUSPENSION OF SENIOR SABC OFFICIAL | BEMAWU

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28 July 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Broadcasting, Electronic, Media & Allied Workers Union (BEMAWU) today obtained an arbitration award in favour of Christian (Tian) Olivier uplifting his unfair suspension of five (5) months.

Olivier is the Financial Manager at SABC Audience Services, Auckland Park and acted previously as the GCEO, the CFO of the SABC, and also as the Group Executive, Risk and Compliance.

Olivier was suspended on vague and unfounded allegations that he allegedly “leaked” information to the media in respect of the cost and procurement of the very expensive Rugby World Cup set.

The SABC’s Personnel Regulation does not make provision for a suspension on these allegations and furthermore, it stipulates that “where prima facie” an employee has committed serious misconduct, such as fraud, theft or assault the employee may be suspended.

Today, after five (5) months and without any communication whatsoever by Audit or investigators, the SABC could not present prima facie evidence of wrongdoing on the part of Olivier.

Olivier will report for duty on Monday, 1 August 2016.

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Hannes du Buisson

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