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Gareth Cliff intends to halt Idols auditions until he gets job back

Gareth Cliff confirmed the he's planning to sue M-Net for R25m, for ‘unfair dismissal’.

Outgoing 5FM DJ Gareth Cliff. Picture: Facebook.
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JOHANNESBURG – Lawyers for sacked Idols judge Gareth Cliff say the radio presenter intends to prevent the start of the Idols auditions if he's not reinstated.

Cliff's attorney Eric Mabuza has confirmed he plans to sue M-Net for R25 million for what he says is unfair dismissal.

The long-time Idols judge also plans to sue the network for defamation after he was apparently called a racist.

Mabuza says they've written to M-Net and will meet with the channel's representatives this afternoon.

“We’ve written a letter to M-Net demanding that he be reinstated, and if they don’t do that he intends to stop the auditions which are starting on 29 January. He also wants to clear his name and is looking to claim for damages.”


Cliff came under fire when he weighed in on the Penny Sparrow saga after the former estate agent called black beachgoers at Durban’s beaches, monkeys.
In a tweet, he wrote that “people don’t understand free speech at all”. 

He’s received criticism for the comment, with many labeling him a racist.

He later apologised, saying he in no way condones racism and has a lot to learn.

CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST SPARROW

Sparrow now faces criminal charges and will also have to answer to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and the Estate Agency Affairs Board.

In the most recent racially charged incident, a Cape Town attorney has laid criminal charges against a woman who called him and his friends the k-word.

Yamkela Ntola, a second-year candidate attorney at Cullinan and Associates, opened the case against Nicole de Klerk after she called Ntola and other professionals at the Queen's Plate horse racing event, the k-word repeatedly. 

She later apologised on Twitter, saying she's embarrassed by what she’d said.

This is the latest in a string of racist comments made over the past few weeks.

Standard Bank employee Chris Hart has been suspended following a tweet over victims of apartheid.
Government official Velaphi Khumalo expressed his hatred towards white people, saying that black people should do to white people ‘what Hitler did to Jews’.

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)

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