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sabcPretoria News reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has laid three charges against its economics editor, Thandeka Gqubule-Mbeki, for various incidents of alleged misconduct.

The charges are against the backdrop of protests by employees of the public broadcaster over recent retrenchments that Gqubule opposed. In the first charge, the broadcaster accuses Gqubule-Mbeki of intimidating a colleague, Judith Tseke, by calling her a rat for refusing to take part in one of the anti-retrenchment pickets earlier this year. Under charge two, titled “unseemly/offensive language and behaviour”, the charge sheet reads: “You have behaved in a manner that is not appropriate, unbecoming and not in line with the values of the institution (the SABC) in that your language and behaviour was offensive and unseemly towards a fellow employee.” Charge three accuses Gqubule-Mbeki of not following due process in signing the invoices of a freelancer. If Gqubule-Mbeki is found guilty under the first charge it could lead to her employment being terminated. Aubrey Tshabalala of the Communication Workers Union confirmed that they were aware of the charge sheet, but denounced it, saying it was a witch-hunt against Gqubule-Mbeki. He commented: “Our view is that there was no incident of intimidation because the SABC itself did not follow the rules. We were part of the strike and we never saw anyone being stopped from going to work. As for the other charges, they hold no water.”

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Mashudu Sadike at Pretoria News

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