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Solidarity to push for fired SABC journalists to be reinstated

The union will today return to the Labour Court to plead the case of journalists axed by the SABC.

FILE: Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Trade union Solidarity says the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) shouldn't have to be pushed by a court to do what is correct by reinstating seven dismissed employees.

The union will today return to the Labour Court to plead the case of four journalists who were dismissed for raising their concerns over editorial changes that imposed censorship at the broadcaster.

Yesterday, lawyers for the SABC were granted a postponement in order to finalise the broadcaster's answering affidavits.

The union believes the SABC's decision before the High Court to withdraw its controversial editorial changes should mean the immediate reinstatement of the fired journalists.

Solidarity's Dirk Herman says it's unfortunate that the group has to persuade the broadcaster to do what is right.

"It's not supposed to be like that. It's not supposed to be that we must come back to court and via court, force them to act within the boundaries of the constitution."