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It’s D-Day for Gareth Cliff

Cliff will today learn whether he'll rejoin remaining Idols judges as they prepare for their 1st day back.

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.
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JOHANNESBURG – It’s D-Day for radio personality Gareth Cliff who will soon find out whether or not he will rejoin the new season of Idols

The High Court in Johannesburg will hand down judgment after Cliff brought an urgent application calling for his dismissal to be reversed. 

Local broadcaster M-Net decided to part ways with him after he commented that people don’t understand freedom of speech at the height of the uproar over a racist post by former realtor Penny Sparrow. 


Penny Sparrow Facebook post, calling black people monkeys.

Cliff will learn whether he will join the remaining three Idols judges as they prepare for their first day back on the talent search show. 

Auditions kick off in Durban tomorrow, meaning all final arrangements for the radio personality will have to be made today if the court rules to give him his job back. 

However if Judge Caroline Nicholls rules against him returning, the axed judge plans to sue M-Net for R25 million. 

The broadcaster says it was within its right to fire him because his view on Sparrow's 'monkey' post created an image of him as a poster boy for racism. 

The broadcaster says it hadn’t concluded any contractual talks with him and can’t be forced to re-hire him.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)

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