(Ecofin Service) – In South Africa, the Labour Court ordered the SABC to take back four journalists it fired a week ago. They must resume work without delay in the public broadcast organisation. They are Foeta Krige, Suna Venter, Jacques Steenkamp and Krivani Pillay. The court declared their dismissal “illegal and null”.
They are part of the 8 journalists kicked out of the SABC for daring to criticise the editorial policy of the broadcasting house. Indeed, their leaders had not forgiven them for having expressed their disagreement with the decision not to cover the violent public demonstrations. A measure taken by the Director of Operations, Hlaudi Motsoeneng.
The SABC has not yet ruled on the decision of the Labour Court, ordering the immediate return to work of the journalists. “We are still studying the judgement. This is a lengthy judgement. Our lawyers are working on it,” said the spokesman of the SABC, Kaizer Kganyago. Three other dismissed journalists will be before the labour court, on Thursday, July 28, 2016. They are Lukhanyo Calata, Busisiwe Ntuli and Thandeka Gqubule.
The SABC has already capitulated, once in the face of criticism of its editorial policy. The broadcasting house has finally renounced prohibiting the coverage of violent public demonstrations in South Africa. The SABC has thus complied with the injunction of the Communications Regulatory Authority.