sabcBDLive reports that the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has argued that the Labour Court does not have jurisdiction to deal with the application against it lodged by fired journalists.  

This was according to an answering affidavit filed by the SABC on Thursday night in the case brought by trade union Solidarity on behalf of four of seven journalists axed.  The court hearing was set to start on Thursday, but was postponed because the SABC had not yet filed answering papers to the amended application.  The matter is expected to go ahead on Friday.  In its papers, the SABC argued that the journalists had not followed the proper mechanisms under the law, which obliged them to approach the CCMA for conciliation and thereafter arbitration before approaching the Labour Court.

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