WATCH: Journalists, SABC face off in Labour Court

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Johannesburg, 21 July 2016 - Axed SABC journalists accuse SABC's Chief Operations Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng of gross dishonesty, misconduct and the abuse of power.

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JOHANNESBURG – The SABC was back in court on Thursday facing trade union Solidarity, which is representing four of the eight journalists who were dismissed.

Solidarity approached the Labour Court to obtain an interdict to set aside the dismissals.

The journalists, who earlier launched an urgent Constitutional Court application over their suspensions, will also seek a cost order to cover their legal fees.

The journalists were suspended after they spoke publicly against the SABC ban on footage of violent service delivery protests, which they described as "censorship".

Thursday&39;s court action follows yesterday&39;s Helen Suzman Foundation victory over the SABC.

The foundation and the public broadcaster settled on the matter, with the SABC agreeing to lift its ban.

A lawyer for the foundation, Pooja Dela said: “Practically, this means the SABC is interdicted or prohibited from implementing the policy the way it has done in the past few weeks. This means they are now obliged to air coverage and visuals of violent protest, even that which leads to the public destruction of property.”

Dylan Cron, also part of the foundation&39;s legal team, said if the SABC breaches the court-ordered settlement, they will be in contempt.

“We trust that they will abide by their court-ordered obligations, but the remedy will be an urgent approach to court. One of the sanctions (for contempt) is imprisonment. So the representative of the SABC could face imprisonment if (they) deliberately disobeyed an order of court.”

Proceedings have been postponed to Friday as SABC lawyers requested more time to file applications. 

Additional reporting ANA 

 

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