SABC Head of News pleads not guilty to all charges at disciplinary hearing

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The disciplinary hearing of SABC Head of News, Phathiswa Magopeni is under way on Friday morning in Sandton, Johannesburg.

Magopeni has pleaded not guilty to all charges levelled against her by the SABC. The charges include alleged negligence and bringing the public broadcaster into disrepute.

The matter relates to the airing of a Special Assignment episode the SABC had been interdicted from broadcasting.

Disciplinary Hearing of SABC News Head Phathiswa Magopeni:

According to the Labour Relations Act, the parties should be allowed to come to an amicable solution before a full proceeding takes place.

Kameshan Moodley, who is part of Magopeni’s legal team, was questioned by the Chair of the hearing, Advocate Nazeer Cassim, whether she had knowledge of the court order.

Moodley responded by saying, ” She had knowledge of the court order and she actually complied with the court order. The first time that repeat episode played was on the 5th of October. Where the problem comes into play is there was a discrepancy in the coding of the episode. That discrepancy does not fall within her jurisdiction. There was no deliberate breach of the court and we plead not guilty.”