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'Gareth Cliff's contract with M-Net must be upheld'

Judge Carolyn Nicholls ruled that Gareth Cliff be temporarily reinstated as an 'Idols' judge.

Gareth Cliff (left) has won an urgent application to have him reinstated as an 'Idols' judge. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.
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Local Entertainment Lifestyle

JOHANNESBURG – The High Court in Johannesburg says granting radio personality Gareth Cliff a temporary reinstatement as a judge on Idols is the only satisfactory method to repair the harm done to his reputation. 
 

This morning judge Carolyn Nicholls ruled that Cliff's legal team had proved the existence of a contract between himself and producers of the talent search show and ordered for the agreement to be upheld. 

WATCH: 'Emails between Gareth Cliff and M-Net are binding'

 
M-Net had denied having any contract with Cliff in order to justify removing him from the Idols judging panel after he weighed in on a racist Facebook post. 
 
Nicholls found there was merit to Cliff's claim that being fired from Idols caused him reputational harm. 

LISTEN: Cliff wins his case against M-Net.  

 
Handing down her judgment today, she said the only reasonable solution was to reinstate Cliff.

“Pending the finalisation of part B of the notice of motion, the contractual agreement between the parties is reinstated to what it was.”
 
She has also refuted M-Net's claim that granting the radio personality temporary reinstatement compelled  the broadcaster to keep him for the full duration of the Idols season.

M-Net is now at liberty to cancel Cliff’s employment at any time during the show, but will have to pay him for the full season.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)

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