‘Six-love’ win for four SABC journalists

By Drum Digital
26 July 2016

The four journalists who were dismissed by the SABC – Foeta Krige, Suna Venter, Krivani Pillay and Jacques Steenkamp – are set to return to work tomorrow morning.

By Brenda Sekgota

Labour Court Judge Robert Le Grange declared the dismissals as “unlawful and nullified”, so the foursome is entitled to continue with their respective duties and responsibilities in accordance with their job descriptions. Judge Le Grange gave his verdict at the Labour Court in Johannesburg today.

He also added that within five days, SABC general manager for radio news and current affairs Seboleto Ditlhakanane and acting group executive for radio news and current affairs Mololo Tebele must file affidavits indicating why they shouldn’t be personally held liable for all or part of the costs of the court application. The foursome was represented by Solidarity.

The reason given for their dismissals was essentially that they failed to comply with SABC policy.

“We are happy now our members can return to work to do what they are passionate about and that is serve the public by providing information to them,” Solidarity Chief Executive Dr Dirk Hermann said.

However, while this might represent a win for the four journalists, Solidarity says the war is far from over.

“We still have a long journey ahead of us, we need to make sure that such dismissals never happen again,” Suna said.

Despite the judgement today, the public broadcaster has refused to comment.

“We cannot comment on the verdict as yet, as our lawyers are still busy studying the judgement,” SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said.

He further added that the judgement was really long and therefore the lawyers require enough time to assess the verdict.

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