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Four Journalist to be reinstated after Labour court’s ruling

By Tebogo Mhlanga

Four sacked journalists are expected to be reinstated following the judgement handed by the Labour Court against the South African Broadcasting Commission (SABC) in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

The Court ruled that the SABC acted unlawfully to dismiss the four journalists, who were venting their concerns over the new imposed editorial policy.

Foeta Krige, Suna Venter, Krivani Pillay and Jacques Steenkamp were represented by Trade Union Solidarity. They filed an application to have their disciplinary processes be revoked, and set aside their dismissals.

Thandeka Gqubule, Busisiwe Ntuli, Lukhanyo Calata and Vuyo Mvoku were also sacked for criticising the public broadcaster’s policies.

The 8 sacked journalists, dubbed as “SABC 8” have applied direct access to the constitutional court to rule SABC’s decision as unlawful and unconstitutional.

Last week, SABC was interdicted from imposing its policies to censor violent protest footage after the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) ordered it to set it aside.

However SABC confirmed to withdraw its decision not to air violent protests and that they are ready to abide by the interim interdiction granted by the Helen Suzman Foundation.

The settlement reached on Wednesday between the SABC and the HSF saw SABC concede most of the points in the HSF’s application for the urgent interdict.

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