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SABC mum on reasons for releasing journalist

Jacques Steenkamp, one of the SABC 8, says he was released without serving his notice period.

From left: Jacques Steenkamp, Foeta Krige, Krivani Pillay and Suna Venter smile after a Labour Court ruling in their favour. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - One of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) eight journalists, who resigned from the public broadcaster on Monday, says the broadcaster has refused to give him reasons as to why he has been released without serving his notice period.

Jacques Steenkamp has accepted a job in New Zealand and resigned from the SABC on Monday.

Steenkamp and seven other journalists were fired and later reinstated after publicly opposing the SABC's controversial policy, which banned the broadcast of images of violent and destructive protests.

They will be continuing with their Constitutional Court application to oppose unlawful conduct at the public broadcaster.

Steenkamp posted a message on his Facebook account yesterday saying he will no longer be working at the SABC until November as planned.

He was told yesterday to go without serving his notice period and he says the Human Resource department refused to disclose the reason behind this decision.

But Steenkamp says that a reliable source informed him that it was due to the SABC eight's supplementary affidavits that were filed in the Constitutional Court on Monday.

The SABC says it's not unusual for an employee to be paid out for the notice period.

The eight are now pushing ahead with their constitutional court application against the SABC, saying they want unlawful conduct at the broadcaster to stop.

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