SABC judg­ment to be handed down in Joburg

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JO­HAN­NES­BURG — Judg­ment in the case of the four axed SABC em­ploy­ees will now be handed down in the Labour Court in Jo­han­nes­burg to­day, as op­posed to Cape Town, trade union Sol­i­dar­ity said.

“It will be handed down at 10:00 at the Labour Court here in Jo­han­nes­burg,” Sol­i­dar­ity chief ex­ec­u­tive Dirk Her­mann told News24 yes­ter­day.

He said the judg­ment will be handed down by a col­league of Judge Robert La­grange.

La­grange pre­vi­ously said in pro­ceed­ings on Fri­day that he would pro­vi­sion­ally hand down judg­ment on Monday, or in Cape Town on Tues­day.

Yes­ter­day morn­ing, the union was told the judg­ment would be handed down in Cape Town to­day. This has now, how­ever, been changed.

The four jour­nal­ists are Foeta Krige, Suna Ven­ter, Kri­vani Pil­lay and Jac­ques Steenkamp. They are ask­ing the court to set aside their dis­missals and that their dis­ci­plinary pro­cesses be re­voked in its en­tirety.

The other re­porters who were no­ti­fied of their dis­missals last week were Than­deka Gqubule, Bu­sisiwe Ntuli and Lukhanyo Calata.

They had crit­i­cised the broad­caster’s pol­icy to not broad­cast footage of vi­o­lent protests.

Reporter Vuyo Mvoko filed pa­pers in the High Court in Jo­han­nes­burg on Fri­day, ask­ing for an or­der that the SABC’s de­ci­sion not to “sched­ule” him con­sti­tutes a breach of his free­lance con­tract.

All eight have ap­plied for di­rect ac­cess to the Con­sti­tu­tional Court.

The He­len Suz­man Foun­da­tion and the broad­caster reached an agree­ment on Wed­nes­day which saw the High Court in Pre­to­ria in­ter­dict­ing the broad­caster from en­act­ing its pol­icy.

The In­de­pen­dent Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Au­thor­ity of SA (Icasa) ruled on July 11 that the SABC had to with­draw its res­o­lu­tion, an­nounced in May, to ban show­ing footage of vi­o­lent protests.

Chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Hlaudi Mot­soe­neng ini­tially said af­ter the rul­ing that no one could tell the SABC what to do and that they would chal­lenge Icasa’s de­ci­sion in court.

How­ever, in a sur­prise turn Icasa said on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon that the SABC agreed to com­ply with the rul­ing. — News24

Thabo Mbeki

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