solidariteitANA reports that trade union Solidarity is to go to court to revoke the suspensions of three senior SABC journalists and to test the constitutionality of SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s censorship instruction.  

The SABC has postponed the disciplinary hearing of the three suspended employees represented by Solidarity - Thandeka Gqubule, Foeta Krige, and Suna Venter - indefinitely, the union’s Dirk Hermann said on Sunday.  The hearing was due to start on Monday, but the three employees remained suspended.  The mere postponement of the hearings was not acceptable and the disciplinary process should be abolished in its entirety, Hermann said.  Solidarity would also approach the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) this week for direct access to test the constitutionality of the SABC’s protest censorship instruction.  Also during this week, Solidarity would approach the Labour Court to obtain an interdict against the SABC’s disciplinary process, pending the ConCourt case.  Meanwhile, Solidarity expects the Independent Communications Authority of SA’s (Icasa) ruling on the SABC’s censorship decision this week.

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