Saturday Star reports that trade union Solidarity is confident that four of its members dismissed by the SABC will return to work as soon as this week.  Solidarity chief executive Dirk Hermann said:  “We believe we’ve done enough to convince the court to reinstate our members.”  

He was speaking on Friday following a lengthy Labour Court hearing over the public broadcaster’s decision to dismiss eight journalists earlier this month.  The journalists were charged with contravening their employment contracts after they spoke up on internal editorial policies at the state broadcaster, including chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s ban of showing images of vandalised state property during service delivery protests.  Solidarity argued that the SABC had acted in an “extraordinary, cynical and patently unlawful manner” and had abused the journalists’ constitutional rights.

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