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Solidarity not surprised by SABC’s failure to clarify journalists’ dismissal

The SABC’s lawyers applied for postponement, claiming the SABC's management has been uncooperative.

The Labour Court will has heard the case by four former SABC employees who want their dismissal reversed. Picture: Dineo Bendile/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Trade Union Solidarity says it's not surprised by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) failure to explain the dismissal of employees who opposed its controversial editorial changes to the Labour Court today.

Four of the seven sacked workers approached the court today in the hope of securing their reinstatement and reversing disciplinary action taken against them.

The SABC's lawyers claim the broadcaster's management has been uncooperative, forcing them to apply for a postponement.





Solidarity's Dirk Herman says the public broadcaster's poor preparation for today's hearing was expected.

"This conduct of the SABC is in line with its conduct over the past couple of weeks."

He says the broadcaster has been disregarding legal processes since it first decided to suspend eight of its employees.

"It's as if they think that management can actually trump legal processes."

While the SABC's lawyers say they were unable to contact management to discuss today's proceedings, the court believes all documents should have been prepared when the broadcaster took the decision to dismiss staff.