Sacked 'Cape Times' editor receives settlement at Labour Court

The Independent Media Group welcomed the agreement and confirmed its commitment to press freedom in SA.

Activists and journalists standing outside the Labour Court in Cape Town after Former Cape Times Editor Alide Dasnois reached a settlement with the Independent Media Group following a three-year legal tussle on 9 May 2016. Picture: Natalie Malgas/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Former Cape Times Editor Alide Dasnois has reached a settlement with the Independent Media Group following a three-year legal tussle.

Dasnois was sacked as Cape Times editor in 2013 over the newspaper's coverage of Nelson Mandela's death.

She argued her dismissal was a violation of f ree speech and editorial independence.

Dasnois's lawyer announced a settlement has been reached shortly after proceedings got underway in the Cape Town Labour Court.

The Independent Media group's decisions to dismiss Dasnois three years ago reportedly relates to her decision to run a story about the Public Protector's probe into a company owned by Iqbal Surve as a lead on the morning after the death of Nelson Mandela.

But Dasnois says she has no regrets about her handling of the matter.

"They've withdrawn the allegation of racism against me. They've accepted the way the Cape Times dealt with the death of the former president Nelson Mandela.

"Although they differ with the decisions that I took, they've accepted the decisions that I took were within my prerogative as an editor, and I'm very happy with that, it underlines the editorial independence that we were fighting for in court."

In a joint statement, Independent welcomes the agreement and confirms its commitment to press freedom in South Africa.