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4 of the 8 axed SABC journalists back in court

Proceedings were expected to start at 12:30pm but there’s been delay.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Four South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) employees who were fired for speaking out over censorship will be back in the Labour Court this afternoon in the hope of being reinstated.

This week, the public broadcaster agreed to enforce Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa)'s ruling that it rescind its ban on violent protest footage.

Trade union Solidarity has argued that because employees were fired for being critical of that ban, they should be reinstated now that the policy has been reversed.

Proceedings were expected to start at 12:30pm but there's been delay.

It's understood there are two other matters that are being heard at the moment.

The SABC lawyers are at the court, and it appears they are ready to proceed.



They may argue that this court doesn't have jurisdiction to hear this case, and that it must go to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) first.

Solidarity and the journalists who are here today will argue that they should be reinstated now that the censorship ban has been reversed.