Citizen's Motale to challenge dismissal

2016-11-29 10:21
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Johannesburg – The Citizen’s editor Steve Motale intends challenging his dismissal in court, he said on Monday.

“This doesn’t come as a shock for me; the writing was on the wall. I will definitely challenge this in the highest courts,” he said.

He would not comment on the reason for his removal from the job. The Citizen reported on Monday that it had terminated his contract with immediate effect.

“Mr Motale was suspended from his duties earlier this month, pending the outcome of an internal disciplinary process,” publisher Eureka Zandberg said in a statement to staff on Monday.

“The Citizen contended that the failure of Mr Motale to follow agreed-upon editorial procedures and to uphold his editorial duties led to an irretrievable breakdown in the relationship of trust and confidence between the editor and the publisher of the newspaper.”

She said it was not about the stories the newspaper had published.

“On the contrary, The Citizen upholds the highest standards of editorial freedom and fully endorses the editorial prerogative to determine what is and is not published.”

 

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