The Johannesburg Labour Court has ruled that former chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng, former head of news Simon Tebele and the SABC must pay the legal costs of the SABC8.
The SABC8 were Suna Venter, Foeta Krige, Krivani Pillay, Thadeka Gqubule, Busisiwe Ntuli, Lukhanyo Calata, Vuyo Mvoko and Jacques Steenkamp.
All eight journalists were fired from the SABC last year when they spoke out about Motsoeneng’s infamous decision to no longer broadcast footage of violent protests. Seven of the eight have since been re-employed at the broadcaster.
The trio must now pay Solidarity and the Broadcasting, Electronic, Media and Allied Workers Union (Bemawu) the costs of representing the SABC8 in court.
Motsoeneng was fired from the SABC in June after being found guilty of bringing the broadcaster into disrepute after he held a press conference slamming his employer.
Recently Motsoeneng held a press conference that was rather poorly attended.
This may point to the media’s reluctance to report the ramblings of a man who is now essentially a private citizen that has issue with the SABC, in which case there is a queue for that Hlaudi and it’s quite long.[Source – News24]