The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has issued an apology to its former head of news after she was blocked from viewing the public broadcaster’s Twitter account. The public broadcaster has vowed to investigate the matter and institute “consequence management”.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the public broadcaster said it learnt on Monday night that Phathiswa Magopeni had been blocked from the organisation’s SABC News Twitter account.
“The SABC has no policy permitting any employee to block users from the public broadcaster’s social media platforms,” the statement read.
“The SABC wishes to clarify that it has not issued any instruction to have Ms Magopeni blocked from its platforms. The corporation immediately unblocked the former employee upon learning of this unfortunate incident. The SABC has since reached out to Ms Magopeni, to extend an apology for this incident.
“Furthermore, the matter is currently under investigation as multiple individuals manage the SABC’s Twitter account. The public broadcaster will institute the consequence management process following the investigation as this matter contradicts its policies.”
In January, Magopeni was dismissed from the SABC following a disciplinary hearing that found her guilty of airing an episode of Special Assignment that a court had barred the public broadcaster from airing.
However, Magopeni argued that the episode was televised by mistake and insisted that she did not give her staff permission to air the episode.
The public broadcaster announced recently that the veteran journalist Moshoeshoe Monare would take over from Magopeni as Group Executive for news.