Cape Times editor replaced

Alide Dasnois was removed from her post and has been replaced by Gasant Abarder.

Alide Dasnois was removed from her post and has been replaced by Gasant Abarder. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Cape Times editor Alide Dasnois, who was removed from her post at the newspaper on Friday, has been replaced.

Staff at the newspaper were informed via an email on Sunday night that Gasant Abarder would their new editor.

Abarder, former editor of the Cape Argus, returns to the Independent Newspapers group after a short stint with Primedia Broadcasting.

Eyewitness News can confirm that Abarder has absconded from his position as its news editor in Cape Town, despite a contractual obligation to work three months' notice.

Abarder resigned in November, and his resignation was accepted. He was, however, informed that he needed to serve his full notice period of three months, which he agreed to.

However, on Friday evening, he wrote a late-night e-mail to management informing them that he was leaving with immediate effect and would not be returning to Primedia Broadcasting.

In the e-mail he referred all enquiries to the management of the Independent Group.

"We are disappointed that Abarder has chosen to leave on these terms," said

Eyewitness News Editor-in-chief Katy Katopodis.

"We have re-assigned his roles to other members of the team to ensure the high standards of journalistic integrity set by EWN are maintained."

Primedia Broadcasting says Abarder's actions are in violation of his contractual obligations and they are currently assessing their options.

Meanwhile, Sekunjalo Consortium executive chairperson Dr Iqbal Surve has referred queries about Dasnois's dismissal to Independent Newspapers CEO Tony Howard.

Howard was not available when Eyewitness News tried to reach him for comment today.

The sacked Cape Times editor, who is not commenting on the matter except to say she's seeking legal advice, was not at work today.

The South African National Editors' Forum has expressed shock and concern at her sudden removal.