Awombness: The Rot at the SABC

Candice Nolan / Nov 26, 2020

Awombness: The Rot at the SABC


I am the Senior Constitutional Court Reporter at the SABC. On the 28th of October I filed a complaint against my line manager, Zolisa Sigabi (National Bulletin Editor). I was then admitted to hospital after suffering a nervous breakdown.

In my complaint, I demonstrate that Ms Sigabi failed to handle a serious complaint against one of her shift leaders, who remains in her position at the SABC. She disregarded a direct instruction from her line manager, Phathiswa Magopeni (GM of News at the SABC).

Zolisa has been on a campaign to have me fired from the SABC. She doesn’t like me because I always stand up to bullies. She put me before a disciplinary hearing on gross misconduct charges. It’s all on record at the SABC.

The SABC’s own disciplinary code states that once such a serious complaint is laid against a manager, there must be an immediate investigation. This was not done. I returned after two weeks in hospital, and a week recuperating at home, to find Zolisa still in office. And sending me threatening sms’s.

I have reason to believe that my position as Senior Constitutional Court Reporter is about to be made redundant in the newly restructured SABC. The ultimate plan is to keep me on, as a freelancer, performing a critical business function. That doesn’t sound fair to me.

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