The SABC has fired head of news Phathiswa Magopeni with immediate effect citing a breakdown in the trust relationship between her and the public broadcaster.
Magopeni faced a disciplinary hearing last month where she was found to have been responsible for the airing of an interdicted Special Assignment episode.
Head of the disciplinary hearing, advocate Nazeer Cassim found Magopeni guilty of misconduct and instructed the board to come up with an appropriate sanction against her.
The SABC released a letter on Friday addressed to Magopeni informing her of their decision to terminate her services.
“You are kindly requested to hand in all SABC property in your possession to the office of the Group Executive: Human Resources by 12pm on January 31.”
In the letter, SABC group CEO Madoda Mxakwe to Magopeni said Magopeni was afforded, in line with the rule of natural justice, an opportunity to submit mitigating factors for the SABC’s consideration.