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.
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.
#SABC8 Judge Robert Lagrange has granted the SABC a postponement. Proceedings to resume 12:30 tomorrow. DB— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) July 21, 2016
#SABC8 Lawyers for the dismissed employees agree to the postponement provided that todays costs are covered by SABC. DB— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) July 21, 2016
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.