Labor Court Shatters Motsoeneng’ Sanctuary, Reinstates Axed Journalists


Labor Court says SABC actions towards its employees were unlawful and as such, ruled that the broadcasting corporation reinstate the journalists it axed with immediate effect.

As learnt, Trade union Solidarity dragged SABC to the labor court on behalf of four of the eight journalists SABC axed.

Solidarity challenged SABC’s axing of the journalists due to their refusal to abide by an editorial policy they deem as censorship.

Already, SABC abandoned that violent protest editorial policy after Pretoria High Court ruled against it following Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF)’s application.

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Solidarity wanted the Labor court to undo the dismissals of Foeta Krige, Suna Venter, Krivani Pillay and Jacques Steenkamp.

BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that the case was heard by Judge Robert LeGrange who ruled that the disciplinary actions against the axed SABC journalists wasn’t legal.

Thus, he interdicted the SABC from taking any action against the journalists.

Aside that, SABC was charged to come up with an affidavit that will justify not being held responsible for the journalist’s legal cost.

So far, SABC has not divulged its intent on the Labor court ruling.

Speaking after the court sitting, Solidarity’s deputy general secretary said: “We are not in a power-based democracy, but a constitutional democracy. Power does not overcome constitutional and judicial principles.

One can only run away from the rule of law for so long. …Constitutional values should be an integral part of a person, and it should not be necessary to go to court to ensure it.

This win has implications for Motsoeneng. A strategic battle has indeed been won, but the war must still be won.”

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The deputy general secretary said Solidarity is happy with the Labor Court giving SABC five days to indicate why it should not be held liable for the legal costs of the SABC journalists.