More recent development revealed that all eight suspended SABC journalists facing charges for daring to stand against the public broadcaster’s editorial policies, have been fired.
The trade union Solidarity representing the suspended journalists confirmed the news of four suspended journalists being fired on Monday evening.
According to Solidarity spokesman Anton van der Bilj, four of the suspended SABC journalists – Foeta Krige‚ Suna Venter‚ Jacques Steenkamp and Krivani Pillay were notified via email that they had been dismissed.
Later on Tuesday morning, reports say the remaining four – Vuyo Mvoko‚ Thandeka Gqubule‚ Busisiwe Ntuli and Lukhanyo Calata were also dismissed.
The reason behind their rash dismissal was based on the fact that they had failed to comply with the public broadcaster’s policy.
After their suspension, the eight journalists‚ last week filed an urgent application to the Constitutional Court to declare unlawful, the charges brought against them. On the other hand, Solidarity is to apply to the Labour Court on Thursday to have their suspensions set aside.
The social media have been inundated with condemnation of the dismissal of the journalists.
renowned media personality Yusuf Abramjee said on Twitter: The #SABC has fired four of the 8 suspended journalists despite them going to the Constitutional Court. This is ridiculous.”
“This is so UNFAIR hey‚” tweeted Ancient Azania @MalengaMaluleke.
Meanwhile, the Independent Communications Authority of South African (Icasa) gave the SABC an ultimatum to reverse its decision to ban footage of destructive protests. But the broadcaster stood by the decision not to air violent protests.
The public broadcaster dismissed the journalists amid a statement that it was still engaging the Compliance and Complaints Committee (CCC) of ICASA over its recommendations and whether these recommendations had been properly endorsed by the ICASA Council‚ as it was a requirement in law.