Johannesburg - Business Report senior journalist Donwald
Pressly will appeal his dismissal by Independent Newspapers for seeking
political office with the DA.
"Yes I have given notice for an appeal... and am
exploring an option to take it to the CCMA [Commission for Conciliation,
Mediation, and Arbitration]," he said on Tuesday.
"I don't think I can say anything else at this point
except that I find it totally extraordinary that I've been fired for seeking
another job, be it with a political party. I did not get the job. I did not go
Independent Newspapers' group executive editor Karima
Brown earlier said Pressly had been fired for violating its code of conduct.
"... Business Report has today [Tuesday] relieved
Donwald Pressly of his responsibilities as Cape Town bureau chief and
parliamentary correspondent following a formal internal disciplinary process
over his conduct," Brown said in a statement.
"Donwald has been found to have violated the
company's editorial code of conduct and code of ethics by participating in the
electoral college process of a political party... and his failure to disclose
this to the editor of Business Report."
Pressly had applied to be on the DA's list of
parliamentary candidates for the upcoming election.
In January, Pressly's attorney Michael Bagraim said his
client had been honest about his political affiliation.
"He [Pressly] has admitted to belonging to the
Democratic Alliance. He is not hiding the fact. He has been honest," he
"As citizens, most of us should belong to political
parties, that's good citizenship."
On Tuesday, DA executive chair James Selfe said the party
went through a process to find the right parliamentary candidates and that
Pressly did not make it.
"No he didn't make it onto the list... It is very
unfortunate," he said.
"We find it regrettable that people are not being
able to exercise their freedom to associate politically."
In November, Sunday Times executive editor Brendan Boyle
was suspended after reportedly applying to become a DA MP.
Boyle allegedly sent his curriculum vitae, which was
later withdrawn, to the party as part of his application.