JOHANNESBURG, The acting chief executive officer (CEO) of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), James Aguma, has suddently tendered his resignation, but he’s not off the hook as the public broadcaster intends to pursue further action against him.
Certain contracts signed off by him will be referred to the Special Investigative Unit, the anti-corruption agency, and possible criminal charges could follow. Aguma was suspended from the public broadcaster two months ago for allegedly lying to the SABC interim board about former chief operating officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng.
The Chairperson of the board of inquiry, Taki Madima, said Wednesday: “The agreement is as follows, James Aguma will tender his resignation today no later than 13:00, and in turn the SABC will withdraw all the charges against James Aguma. This then puts paid to the disciplinary hearing and the hearing is therefore terminated.”
While the finer details of the agreement are still to be disclosed, Aguma said he resigned to avoid a protracted disciplinary process.
Aguma’s lawyer, Osborn Molatudi, said: “Considering all the aspects and that it was going to be a long drawn out inquiry, my client, James Aguma, would like to put to bed these issues and move on with his life. It is on this basis that he offered to tender his resignation in exchange for SABC dropping all charges against him.”
Aguma faced ten charges, including breach of fiduciary duties, dishonesty in entering into an agreement with service providers Lezaf and Lorna Vision, and dishonesty by attesting to an affidavit, in the Motsoeneng disciplinary hearing, contrary to what he told the Interim Board.
SABC interim board Chairperson Khanyisile Kweyama said: “We have handed over a number of matters to the SIU, some of them relating to some of the charges — dishonesty and possible criminal charges. So the SIU will conduct that process we have handed in.
“I cannot comment on the specific one but as a general rule we will report where we are supposed to report whether it’s to a charted accountant, a lawyer or legal society.”
Aguma leaves with normal resignation benefits.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK