SABC, Mot­soe­neng, Te­bele or­dered to pay le­gal costs for SABC 8

Observer on Saturday - - News -

JO­HAN­NES­BURG - The Jo­han­nes­burg Labour Court has found that for­mer SABC Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer Hlaudi Mot­soe­neng, for­mer Head of News Si­mon Te­bele and the SABC must each pay a por­tion of the le­gal costs for the wrong­ful dis­missal of the SABC 8.

Suna Ven­ter, Foeta Krige, Kri­vani Pil­lay, Than­deka Gqubule, Bu­sisiwe Ntuli, Lukhanyo Calata, Vuyo Mvoko and Jacques Steenkamp were fired by the pub­lic broad­caster in July 2016 for speak­ing out against Mot­soe­neng's pol­icy of no longer air­ing footage of vi­o­lent protests.

Seven of the eight jour­nal­ists were sub­se­quently re­hired.

The broad­caster, Mot­soe­neng and Te­bele had to pay the costs for Sol­i­dar­ity and Be­mawu, who rep­re­sented the dis­missed jour­nal­ists in their court case.

Mot­soe­neng was re­moved as COO after the Supreme Court of Ap­peal in Septem­ber 2016 re­jected his bid to ap­peal the West­ern Cape High Court's Novem­ber 2015 rul­ing declar­ing his ap­point­ment ir­ra­tional and set­ting it aside.

In June, the SABC an­nounced Mot­soe­neng's dis­missal after he was found guilty by an in­ter­nal dis­ci­plinary hear­ing where charges of bring­ing the SABC into dis­re­pute and caus­ing ir­repara­ble dam­age to his em­ployer were in­ves­ti­gated.

The in­ter­nal dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee found that he lied about his qual­i­fi­ca­tions, that he purged the SABC of staff and pro­moted peo­ple and raised salaries with­out fol­low­ing the cor­rect pro­ce­dures.

NO LAUGH­ING MAT­TER: For­mer SABC COO Hlaudi Mot­soe­neng ges­tures dur­ing the SABC board's Par­lia­ment meet­ing.

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