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Baloyi charged, may take BBC to court

Apr 01 2018 08:35
Lesetja Malope

The Black Business Council (BBC) and its suspended president, Danisa Baloyi, may soon be heading to court, but not to argue about her alleged dishonesty.

Instead, Baloyi could drag the council to court if a resolution is not reached about her request to have the dates of her disciplinary hearing changed because of her travel commitments.

The BBC issued her a notice to attend the hearing over three days this week.

According to the notice and charge sheet, Baloyi should attend the hearing on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at a yet to be announced venue.

Advocates Vuyani Ngalwana, Khotso Ramolefe and Saleem Seedat have been nominated to chair the hearing. Ngalwana is the BBC’s preferred nominee.

According to the letter sent to Baloyi, signed by BBC CEO Kganki Matabane, she is accused of gross dishonesty, financial loss, bringing the organisation into disrepute, failing to carry out a resolution and breaching the conditions of her suspension.

Baloyi was suspended as BBC president in December last year after a R5.7 million donation the Airports Company SA had made to the BBC went missing.

Her lawyers replied, stating that the dates of the hearing had maliciously been set to coincide with Baloyi’s trip to the Brics conference in China, a fact BBC chairperson Sello Rasethaba was apparently well aware of.

In addition, Baloyi had been given too little time to prepare, her lawyers argue.

“We are instructed to record that our client will not be attending the disciplinary hearing for one or more of the reasons set out above.

“However, in the event that the BBC elects to proceed with the disciplinary hearing in the absence of our client, we will be obliged to approach a court of law in order to set aside the disciplinary proceedings, together with a special order for punitive costs.”

Baloyi confirmed her lawyers were handling the matter.

Questions sent to the BBC went unanswered.

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