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‘SABC ruling is a victory for democracy’

Eight journalists were axed for raising concerns over the SABC’s decision not to air visuals of protests.

From left: Jacques Steenkamp, Foeta Krige, Krivani Pillay and Suna Venter smile after a Labour Court ruling in their favour. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Trade union Solidarity, which is representing four dismissed South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) journalists, says today's judgment is not only a victory for them, but for democracy.

Altogether, eight SABC journalists were dismissed for raising concerns over the broadcaster's decision not to broadcast visuals of protests.

The Labour Court today ruled in favour of Jacques Steenkamp, Krivani Pillay, Suna Venter and Foeta Krige ordering that they be reinstated with immediate effect.

There were emotional moments in court as tears of joy were seen running down the cheeks of many who attended the court proceedings.

Family friends and colleagues in the media industry congratulated and embraced Steenkamp, Pillay, Venter and Krige.



Solidarity's Dirk Hermann used the tennis term 'six-love' to describe the victory.

"This is a solid win. I will call it six-love."

Hermann thanked all journalists who supported the group.

"Colleagues who continues to report fiercely on the whole saga, colleagues who continued to dress in black to show their support."



Those responsible for the dismissals have until next Tuesday (2 August) to submit written affidavits explaining why they shouldn't be held personally liable for the legal fees.