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SABC fires head of news

Phathsiwa Magopeni, the SABC's chief of news, has been sacked. Magopeni was subjected to a disciplinary hearing in December as a result of the erroneous transmission of an interdicted Special Assignments program. Advocate Nazeer Cassim, who presided over the disciplinary hearing, found her guilty of wrongdoing and directed the board to impose an appropriate consequence on her. Madoda Mxakwe, the group CEO of the SABC, informed Magopeni on Friday that she had been sacked.

"The SABC discovers a breakdown in the trust relationship between you and the SABC," he writes in the letter. Mxakwe stated that, in accordance with Cassim's recommendations, Magopeni was given the option to submit mitigating considerations for consideration by the SABC. "Following several requests for extensions, you chose not to submit your mitigating factors on 27 January 2022, instead of taking advantage of the opportunity to submit your mitigating factors and distance yourself from the remarks in, among other things, the heads of argument submitted on your behalf." As a result, you have relinquished your right to do so.

"You reneged on your right to answer. As a result, there can be no justifiable claim of discrimination. The SABC discovers a breakdown in the trust relationship between you and the SABC in the absence of your mitigating considerations... You are hereby advised that your services will be terminated on January 28, 2022 "Mxakwe said. Magopeni has been ordered to turn in any SABC property she possesses by 12:00 p.m. on January 31. She has the right to appeal to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation, and Arbitration or the Labour Court.

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