JOHANNESBURG – Gareth Cliff is suing M-Net for R25-million for wrongful dismissal after being axed from the Idols SA judging panel.
The radio DJ also wants to be reinstated as an Idols presenter and be part of the new season, kicking off in the next few weeks.
Cliff's lawyer, Eric Mabuza, confirmed to eNCA that his client was suing M-Net.
"He is suing for R25-million, including for defamation of character."
Mabuza said the station had fired Cliff without having a "proper hearing".
Dali Mpofu is representing Gareth Cliff what a time to be alive. I love this country— Mzi (@_mzi) January 18, 2016
The CliffCentral host was fired from Idols SA for his comments about former estate agent Penny Sparrow.
Cliff had said Sparrow's comments about beachgoers in Durban constituted free speech.
People really don't understand free speech at all: https://t.co/97MWi6jrww— Gareth Cliff (@GarethCliff) January 4, 2016
Several people labelled Cliff a racist and called on M-Net to remove him from the programme.