labourcourtsBDLive reports that the Labour Court hearing into the dismissal of four SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) journalists was heard on Friday, with Judge Robert Lagrange saying he would try give judgment on Monday morning.  

The journalists’ counsel argued that, having conceded that its ban on the broadcast of violent protests was unlawful, it was "cynical" and "patently unlawful’ for the broadcaster not to retain those staffers who had all along criticised the policy.  Four of the seven reporters who were summarily fired on Monday and Tuesday went urgently to the court demanding reinstatement, saying their dismissal breached their employment contracts and was unconstitutional.  The SABC’s lawyer said the journalists had breached the terms and conditions of their contract when they criticised the ban to the outside media and then did not respond when they were charged by the SABC.

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