Gareth Cliff wins wrongful dismissal case against M-Net

Broadcaster Gareth Cliff began his radio career at Tuks FM before working as a producer a Talk Radio 702. He gained arguably his biggest profile hosting a breakfast show on 5 FM before starting his own project online, called Cliff Central. Photo: eNCA / Erin Bates

JOHANNESBURG -- Media personality, Gareth Cliff, has won his wrongful dismissal case against broadcaster, M-Net.

Judge Nichols who presided over the case, said M-Net should reinstate Cliff as a judge on the talent show, Idols, with immediate effect.

Cliff took the channel to court after it fired him for his comments about a racial post by Durban real estate agent, Penny Sparrow.

Commenting on the post in which Sparrow called black people monkeys, Cliff said people's outrage pointed to the fact that they did not understand freedom of speech.

M-Net then fired Cliff, to which he reacted by suing the broadcaster for R25-million and demanded reinstatement to the show.

The broadcaster's also been ordered to pay for the cost of the case.

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