SABC mum on Molefe's charges

Suspended SABC news boss Phil Molefe is due to face a disciplinary hearing next week.

SABC offices in Auckland Park, Johannesburg. Picture: Tshepo Lesole/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Suspended head of news and current affairs at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Phil Molefe is due to face a disciplinary hearing next week, in a process that could examine who ultimately controls the organisation's news output.

Molefe was placed on special leave in April, after appearing to fall out with the SABC's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Lulama Mokhobo.

Eyewitness News understands that Molefe will face charges arising out of his refusal to provide Mokhobo with a day-to-day diary of which journalists covered which events.

It appears Molefe will argue he did not have to give such information to Mokhobo, but the SABC'S CEO's job description states that the person who holds that post is also the editor-in-chief of the organisation.

The SABC confirmed a disciplinary hearing would take place, but refused to say which charges Molefe is facing.