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Solidarity to approach Labour Court over suspension of 3 SABC journalists

Thandeka Gqubule, Foeta Krige and Suna Venter were charged after questioning a decision not to cover protests.

FILE: Rhe SABC headquarters in Johannesburg. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Trade Union Solidarity says it intends to approach the courts to challenge the suspensions of three South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) journalists.

Thandeka Gqubule, Foeta Krige and Suna Venter were charged internally after they queried a decision not to cover a protest.

Their hearings were set to begin tomorrow, however, it's now understood proceedings have been postponed indefinitely.

Solidarity's Johan Kruger says the matter is expected to go to the Labour Court.

"We will approach the Labour Court this coming week and we are serving the SABC with papers tomorrow. We want to have their suspensions lifted, and to have the disciplinary proceedings suspended."

When asked for a response, the public broadcaster's spokesperson refused to discuss internal issues.

In May, the SABC announced it will no longer show visuals of protesters burning public property.

The broadcaster has come under fire in recent weeks for managerial interference in editorial decisions and censorship.