30°C / 11°C
  • Mon
  • 30°C
  • 11°C
  • Tue
  • 25°C
  • 12°C
  • Wed
  • 19°C
  • 5°C
  • Thu
  • 22°C
  • 1°C
  • Fri
  • 25°C
  • 6°C
  • Sat
  • 25°C
  • 7°C
  • Mon
  • 17°C
  • 13°C
  • Tue
  • 14°C
  • 10°C
  • Wed
  • 16°C
  • 11°C
  • Thu
  • 17°C
  • 11°C
  • Fri
  • 18°C
  • 12°C
  • Sat
  • 20°C
  • 11°C
  • Mon
  • 26°C
  • 18°C
  • Tue
  • 24°C
  • 18°C
  • Wed
  • 19°C
  • 13°C
  • Thu
  • 22°C
  • 13°C
  • Fri
  • 20°C
  • 17°C
  • Sat
  • 18°C
  • 16°C
  • Mon
  • 24°C
  • 13°C
  • Tue
  • 15°C
  • 9°C
  • Wed
  • 17°C
  • 8°C
  • Thu
  • 16°C
  • 9°C
  • Fri
  • 16°C
  • 9°C
  • Sat
  • 17°C
  • 9°C
  • Mon
  • 26°C
  • 12°C
  • Tue
  • 25°C
  • 12°C
  • Wed
  • 24°C
  • 9°C
  • Thu
  • 24°C
  • 6°C
  • Fri
  • 25°C
  • 9°C
  • Sat
  • 27°C
  • 10°C
  • Mon
  • 25°C
  • 12°C
  • Tue
  • 31°C
  • 11°C
  • Wed
  • 28°C
  • 13°C
  • Thu
  • 19°C
  • 13°C
  • Fri
  • 25°C
  • 13°C
  • Sat
  • 17°C
  • 13°C
  • Mon
  • 16°C
  • 11°C
  • Tue
  • 13°C
  • 6°C
  • Wed
  • 15°C
  • 5°C
  • Thu
  • 17°C
  • 7°C
  • Fri
  • 19°C
  • 6°C
  • Sat
  • 21°C
  • 6°C
  • Mon
  • 21°C
  • 13°C
  • Tue
  • 17°C
  • 11°C
  • Wed
  • 17°C
  • 11°C
  • Thu
  • 17°C
  • 12°C
  • Fri
  • 16°C
  • 11°C
  • Sat
  • 16°C
  • 11°C
  • Mon
  • 28°C
  • 13°C
  • Tue
  • 30°C
  • 13°C
  • Wed
  • 28°C
  • 13°C
  • Thu
  • 27°C
  • 10°C
  • Fri
  • 27°C
  • 11°C
  • Sat
  • 29°C
  • 13°C
  • Mon
  • 30°C
  • 15°C
  • Tue
  • 28°C
  • 15°C
  • Wed
  • 28°C
  • 14°C
  • Thu
  • 28°C
  • 10°C
  • Fri
  • 29°C
  • 12°C
  • Sat
  • 30°C
  • 12°C
  • Mon
  • 17°C
  • 12°C
  • Tue
  • 13°C
  • 9°C
  • Wed
  • 15°C
  • 8°C
  • Thu
  • 15°C
  • 10°C
  • Fri
  • 16°C
  • 10°C
  • Sat
  • 19°C
  • 10°C
  • Mon
  • 29°C
  • 13°C
  • Tue
  • 27°C
  • 14°C
  • Wed
  • 24°C
  • 7°C
  • Thu
  • 25°C
  • 4°C
  • Fri
  • 26°C
  • 8°C
  • Sat
  • 28°C
  • 11°C

Ruling on Cliff's reinstatement set for Friday

Auditions for the 2016 season of Idols starts on the same day.

Media personality Gareth Cliff arrives at the High Court in Johannesburg for his court case against broadcaster M-Net on 26 January 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.
Penny Sparrow,Gareth Cliff,Idols SA,MNet
Local

JOHANNESBURG - With only a few days left until the 2016 season of Idols kicks off, fired judge Gareth Cliff will have to wait a while longer to hear whether he will return to his position on the show.

But his lawyers say they are confident the outcome of the court ruling will be in their favour.

Yesterday Cliff brought an urgent application before the High Court in Johannesburg calling for his reinstatement after he was fired for a comment he made regarding a racist Facebook post.

M-Net says it fired him because his tweet on a racist post by Penny Sparrow created an overwhelming view that he is a poster child for racism.

He came under fire when he weighed in on the Sparrow saga after the former estate agent called black beachgoers at Durban’s beaches, monkeys. 

In a tweet, Cliff wrote that “people don’t understand free speech at all”.

Judge Caroline Nicholls says by 10 o’clock on Friday morning, Cliff will know whether or not he will be back on talent search showwhich starts its auditions on the same day. 

His lawyer, Eric Mabuza says “I’m optimistic there is confidence as when we started these proceedings, but fortunately we also had a fair hearing, we were allowed to argue the matter almost all day.”

The argument in court has been whether or not Cliff had a contractual agreement with M-Net at the time of his axing.

If his legal team successfully proves an agreement his claim of an unfair dismissal could be found to be true.

Listen: EWN’s Dineo Bendile updating us on Gareth Cliff Court Battle Against Broadcaster M - Net


M-NET : ‘CLIFF CAN’T DICTATE THE TERMS OF OUR ACTIONS’

M- Net says Cliff isn’t simply entitled to be reinstated as a judge on talent search show idols and says he isn’t at liberty to decide what remedial action it takes.

They questioned why Cliff didn’t raise the alleged deviation from his contract immediately after his dismissal from Idols.

Instead he made comments about how the show was more of a pastime for him anyway.                         

But defense lawyer Dali Mpofu says Cliff didnt mention the contract because he hadn’t anticipated that the M- Net would later publically deny having confirmed his return to idols.

While Mpofu says M-Net should give the radio personality his job back even if only on an interim basis.


(Edited by Neo Koza) 

Comments

EWN welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

- Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
- Sexism
- Homophobia
- Religious intolerance
- Cyber bullying
- Hate speech
- Derogatory language
- Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the EWN community a safe and welcoming space for all.

EWN reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

EWN reserves the right to close comments on selected content pages.

EWN is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.