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sabcPretoria News reports that SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) economics editor Thandeka Gqubule-Mbeki has rejected three misconduct charges levelled against her, saying the charges were “trumped up” and “bogus”.

In an interview on Tuesday, Gqubule-Mbeki claimed that the SABC had cooked up the charges against her and others for opposing retrenchments and the privatisation of the public broadcaster. It was earlier reported that the SABC has formally charged Gqubule-Mbeki with three counts of misconduct, namely intimidating a colleague during a picket over retrenchments; using offensive language and behaviour; and violating the Public Finance Management Act by signing off on payments without following due process. According to qubule-Mbeki, a group of people at the SABC, led by board chairperson Bongumusa Makhathini, group chief executive Madoda Mxakwe and group news executive Phathiswa Magopeni, was behind a campaign to vilify and force her and others out. “The charges are entirely bogus and untrue. They are part of a long programme of whistle-blower victimisation and I’m not the only leader of the anti-retrenchment and the anti-commercialisation movement they are gunning for,” Gqubule-Mbeki said. SABC spokesperson Mmoni Seapolelo reacted:  “The SABC can confirm there is a formal process under way about the matter. Two of the charges relate to an affidavit submitted by a fellow journalist containing allegations of harassment and intimidation. The other emanates from an internal forensic audit process. Therefore, the claim the CEO and head of news are behind the charges is rejected with the contempt it deserves.” Gqubule-Mbeki has approached the High Court to apply for a stay of the disciplinary hearing in terms of the Protective Disclosure Act.

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

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