By Political Bureau

SABC senior political correspondent Sophie Mokoena is to be charged on Tuesday for calling a rival radio station to badmouth the public broadcaster.

Weekend Argus has obtained a copy of the charge sheet, which says Mokoena is to be charged with bringing the SABC into disrepute, dishonesty, breaching her employment contract and contravening SABC rules and regulations.

Mokoena allegedly called Talk Radio 702 in July during the SABC pay strike, identifying herself as "Fatima" during a show hosted by Redi Direko and voicing an opinion about the troubles plaguing the public broadcaster.

Listeners called in after the show, saying they recognised the voice as Mokoena's.

The charge sheet notes that Mokoena misrepresented her identity.

"That conduct constitutes an act of dishonesty which has a direct bearing on your reliability, integrity and credibility as an SABC journalist, which situation in turn inflicts serious damage to the SABC news brand."

Under the charge of bringing the SABC into disrepute, Mokoena is accused of "making disparaging statements about the SABC and SABC management" when she called the talk show.

"Should these facts be proven, it will constitute an act of non-compliance with the duties of your contract of employment (and) alternatively contravention of SABC rules and regulations."

Mokoena is also accused of contravening employment regulations by taking part in a show on a radio station that operates in competition with the SABC without permission.

A panel of four members is to preside over the matter on Tuesday and Wednesday.