Judgment in eTV boss's urgent application due Monday

Golding brought an urgent application to the Labour Court today to challenge his suspension from HCI.

Marcel Golding. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - Labour Court Judge Anton Steenkamp will hand down judgment on an urgent application brought by chief executive of eTV Marcel Golding on Monday to stop a disciplinary hearing against him.

The judgment will be handed down at 10am, exactly the same time the hearing is scheduled to take place.

Golding brought an urgent application to the Labour Court today to challenge his suspension from Hosken Consolidated Investments (HCI), which owns the free-to-air broadcaster.

HCI claims that Golding bought shares of an electronics company worth R24 million without authorisation from the board.

However, Golding claims the disciplinary action against him is actually the culmination of months of editorial interference by HCI in support of President Jacob Zuma's government.

His affidavit notes that in March this year, Yunis Shaik, executive director of HCI emailed Bronwyn Keene-Young, then head of news at eTV and Golding's spouse, at the apparent behest of Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel to suggest that footage of Zuma opening a dam would be a "good lead story".

Arguing in court, Advocate Colin Kahanovitz for Golding said HCI's entire case against him was underpinned by editorial interference.