Cape Times sacking: Alide Dasnois speaks

Alide Dasnois is weighing her legal options after being abruptly relieved of her post as editor.

Alide Dasnois is weighing her legal options after being abruptly relieved of her post as editor. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The former editor of the Cape Times, Alide Dasnois, says she believes her dismissal to be unfair.

Dasnois was informed on Friday by Dr Iqbal Survé, executive chairman of the company that owns the newspaper, that she would no longer be editor.

Survé has defended his action as a commercial decision based on the newspaper's declining sales.

But Cape Times staff, the South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) and the Cape Town Press Club have raised concerns about editorial independence in the wake of the move.

Dasnois has consulted lawyers and is weighing up taking her case to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) or to the Labour Court.

That's all she has said for now about a move that left Cape Times staff stunned, but which Survé says was a 'strictly business decision'.

Meanwhile, Cape Times staff are mulling possible further action after issuing a statement registering their anger and protest.