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sabcSowetan reports that former Ligwalagwala FM station manager Rio Mabunda successfully appealed his dismissal at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) last week.  

According to the arbitration award issued on 2 October, Mabunda was unfairly dismissed and the SABC has been instructed to reinstate him to his position before 1 November.  Commissioner Geraldine Khoza further told the public broadcaster to back pay Mabunda his salary for 27 months totalling R890 000.  SABC spokesperson Neo Momodu said:  “The SABC is still studying the award, thereafter it will consider options available to it in terms of the relevant provisions of the Labour Relations Act and determine the way forward.”  Mabunda, who has since found a job at Rise FM, was fired in July last year after spending a year on suspension.  He was charged with five counts of misconduct.  After a long disciplinary process, Mabunda was found guilty of gross negligence for failing to sign contracts with sponsors when the station hosted its 34-year anniversary bash in 2016.

  • Based on a report by Patience Bambalele on page 3 of Sowetan of 8 October 2018

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