SABC concedes and reinstates 7 fired employees

On Tuesday, the Labour Court found that the dismissal of SABC employees for speaking out against an editorial decision by the public broadcaster’s chief operating officer‚ Hlaudi Motsoeneng – to ban news coverage of violent protests is unlawful. The court ruled that the four could return to work.

Today Jacques Steenkamp, Suna Venter, Krivani Pillay and Foeta Krige were denied entry into the SABC building despite their court victory.

This afternoon, the SABC conceded and said it will abide by the Labour Court’s ruling and not pursue any further legal action.

“The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) management has instructed its legal team not to proceed with further legal action and the SABC will reinstate the seven dismissed news employees‚” SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago said in a statement on Wednesday.

Kganyago added, “The SABC remains committed to fulfilling its public service mandate”.