The SABC has this morning in a shock move, told four journalists that were suppossed to be back at work today not to report for duty as it will be appealing yesterday’s Labour Court ruling.
The Labour Court yesterday ordered Suna Venter, Krivani Pillay, Jacques Steenkamp and Foeta Krige to be reinstated with immediate effect after having been didmissed by the public broadcaster on 18th July.
The four were meant to start work again today, while the public broadcaster’s management was to write to the court, telling it who was responsible for the dismissals as those people would be liable for legal costs.
— William Bird (@Billbobbird) July 27, 2016
This is the letter the public broadcaster’s legal team sent to the four and Solidarity.
SABC intends to appeal judgement. They advise SABC 4 not to report for duty pending outcome of appeal. pic.twitter.com/X9tOY3sHax
— Dirk Hermann (@SolidariDirk) July 27, 2016
This is a tweet posted by the public broadcaster’s new CEO, James Aguma, yesterday afternoon.
What needs to be done, will be done, regardless. How I wish there was another way.
— JamesAguma (@james_aguma) July 26, 2016
Trade Union Solidarity, is yet to make a statement on the matter, it did however say yesterday that should the SABC stop the journalists from going back to work, the public broadcaster would be in contempt of court.