The SABC has fired Rio Mabunda, the station manager of its Mpumalanga-based siSwati radio station Ligwalagwala FM, following a disciplinary hearing against him on an undisclosed charge, the public broadcaster said on Saturday.
SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago told the African News Agency (ANA) that Mabunda was fired on a recommendation made by a disciplinary hearing against him. He declined to reveal the charge Mabunda faced in the disciplinary hearing and the reason for his dismissal.
“The disciplinary process has been finalised and he has been found guilty. The option for us was to terminate his contract. He has been suspended for a while. There has always been an acting station manager while he was on suspension. We don’t reveal the reason for his dismissal to the media. We refused to do that [reveal reason] even when the case was still on.”
Kganyago said Mabunda was given an option to lodge an internal appeal against his dismissal but did not say how many days he had to do so.
Ligwalagwala FM broadcasts from Mbombela and is one of the four major Nguni radio stations of the SABC. According to information on its website, Ligwalagwala FM is also available to listeners in Gauteng and Limpopo. Mabunda could not be reached for comment.
– African News Agency (ANA)