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Dismissed ANN7 employees to approach CCMA

Yesterday, a 9th employee was dismissed following a series of disciplinary hearings at the organisation.

FILE: Outside the Gupta-owned ANN7 offices in Midrand. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Some of the recently dismissed employees at ANN7 have told Eyewitness News they intend approaching the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) for what they are calling a kangaroo court and a direct contravention of labour laws.

Yesterday, a ninth employee was dismissed following a series of disciplinary hearings at the organisation after workers chased away African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) President Collen Maine, who had visited the media company's Midrand offices in April.

Maine was responding to an open letter from an employee who pleaded with four major South African banks not to close the accounts of the Gupta-owned company Oakbay Investments.

Former reporter Nobuhle Nkhoma says she was charged for calling into a radio talk show.

"My charge was calling the Xolani Gwala Show when he questioned the validity of the letter, I called in as anonymous and distanced myself from the letter."

Another former employee, who wishes to remain anonymous, says the hearings failed to provide evidence.

"It was not fair because we were not allowed to bring representatives and we were told we would be represented by a staff member."

In a short statement to EWN, Oakbay Investments confirmed the internal disciplinary process but declined to comment further.

Meanwhile, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) says it is exploring other avenues - including taking the case to the CCMA.