According to Bill, Magopeni was the one with the jurisdiction to issue an instruction that the banned show be removed from the system.
This was a proposition she vehemently dismissed, saying it would have been tantamount to editorial interference.
Magopeni said she felt “singled out” by the SABC and could not fathom why she was the only one being disciplined before a thorough investigation to establish where fingers should be pointed.
“Miss Ntuli was saying that no instruction was received from legal for the episode to be deleted. I do not think that is criticism [against Vanara],” said Magopeni.
Bill pressed her: “You think it is a compliment?”
Magopeni retorted: “I think it is a comment; I do not think it is criticism.”
Their verbal boxing match continued until Magopeni admitted she agreed with Ntuli that it was Vanara who ought to have issued the instruction for the report to be removed.
Bill fired first: “Do you hold a view that an instruction was required?”
“I do,” said Magopeni, to which Bill interrupted: “You hold the view that this instruction was required from advocate Vanara?”
“It would not have come from anywhere else,” she responded.