Sanef praises reinstated SABC journalists

The Labour Court today ruled in favour of four journalists axed by the SABC this month.

SABC journalists hugging each other after the Labour Court ruling. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Editor's Forum (Sanef) has praised four SABC journalists who were axed by the public broadcaster for speaking out on censorship.

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.

#SABC journos hugging each other after ruling. Some crying. MR pic.twitter.com/hUT832nyqN



Sanef says by following through with their fight they not only protected their own rights but also South Africa's hard earned democracy.

Judge Andre van Niekerk also ordered those responsible for the dismissals to submit written affidavits by next Tuesday explaining why they shouldn't be held personally liable for the journalists' legal fees.

Sanef's Sam Mkokeli says, "We are very proud of the four journalists part of the SABC 8 who took the matter to the Labour Court. Their victory is not for themselves alone. This is a victory for media freedom and democracy at large."