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Why did the SABC reinstate 7 of the 8 axed journalists?

The SABC reportedly decided to reinstate the seven journalists after receiving a letter from Solidarity.

FILE: The SABC offices in Auckland Park, Johannesburg.  Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News has learnt the South African Broadcasting Corporation ( SABC) decided it would reinstate the seven journalists fired for objecting to its destructive protests policy after trade union Solidarity demanded to know which employees and board members had been involved in the decision to appeal yesterday's Labour Court ruling.

Yesterday, the Labour Court said four of those journalists must be reinstated but this morning the SABC refused to allow them to return to work saying it was going to appeal that decision.



Then this afternoon, the SABC said it would not appeal and would reinstate the journalists.

It's understood that in a letter, seen by EWN, sent to the SABC by Solidarity, the union asked to know, by 3pm today, who had been involved in this decision to appeal yesterday's Labour Court ruling.

They also asked in the same letter which board members, if any, had been involved in that decision.

The SABC then made its decision to reinstate the journalists public before 4pm.

Yesterday, the Labour Court also ordered the managers responsible for firing the journalists to explain why they should not be held personally liable for their legal costs.