SABC court battle not over yet

Solidarity has confirmed that the SABC is appealing the latest ruling and has notified the reporters.

FILE: The four SABC journalists at a press conference after the Labour Court ruling. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Four South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) journalists, who won their battle against the broadcaster's bosses in the Johannesburg Labour Court yesterday, will not be returning to work this morning.

Trade union Solidarity has confirmed that the SABC is appealing the latest ruling and has notified the reporters.

Solidarity's Dirk Hermann says: "We are very disappointed that they want to go to court again. Of course, Solidarity will go to court again and we will serve papers today to try to get these workers back to work, pending this deal."

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

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

The court found the SABC acted unlawfully when it dismissed the senior reporters for voicing their concerns over the public broadcaster's controversial editorial policy.

Judge Andre van Niekerk also granted an interdict prohibiting the public broadcaster from instituting disciplinary hearings against the group.

There have been calls for SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng to be held personally liable for the journalists' legal costs.