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Axed SABC journalists' case postponed

They’re part of a group of seven who were fired for voicing concern over the SABC’s editorial policy.

FILE: A sign outside the offices of the South African Broadcasting Corporation in Johannesburg. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The case against four South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) journalists dismissed for undermining management at the broadcaster has been postponed.

The complainants appeared in the Labour Court in Johannesburg this morning.

They're part of a group of seven who were fired after voicing their concern about the SABC's controversial editorial policy. The SABC also terminated an eighth journalist's contracts.

Their lawyers argued that the broadcaster's decision to reverse its editorial changes, which the staff members opposed, warrants their immediate reinstatement.

Judge Robert Lagrange has agreed to grant the SABC a postponement until tomorrow to file its papers.

The broadcaster's legal representatives have argued that they didn't have enough time to finalise their documents.

But Lagrange says the SABC should have foreseen the possibility of legal action when it dismissed the employees earlier this week and should have come to court prepared.

He has ordered the SABC's legal representatives to have their answering affidavit handed in by 7pm today.

Lawyers for the four journalists say while they are disappointed by the SABC's conduct today. They expect to win the court's favour when they return tomorrow afternoon.

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