Johannesburg - The SABC’s head of news Phathiswa Magopeni has told the Zondo commission that when she first stepped into her new role she found an environment that was on “autopilot” and “decay”.
Magopeni was testifying at the commission on Tuesday. She is part of a group of SABC executives who testified at the inquiry’s investigation of state capture at the public broadcaster.
The SABC has for many years suffered from the financial and managerial crisis, the commission has heard.
Magopeni was appointed in early 2018 and said there were a number of issues with the organisation when she arrived. She said the leadership crisis that existed did not help the broadcaster in performing its mandate.
"The fact that you had people who were supposed to be leading the newsroom who were not trusted by journalists within the newsroom. Those people had no legitimacy and they did not command any authority to be respected by journalists within the newsroom because they were associated with a period where things happened that were not supposed to be happening in the newsroom,” Magopeni said.