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sabcNews24 reports that Solidarity wants the argument as to who should be held accountable for the costs that the union incurred in defending a group of fired SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) journalists to be held in open court.  

“We cannot and will not leave the matter here, and the persons who took the decision and who were part of the decision to dismiss the individuals must pay every cent of these costs,” Solidarity’s Anton van der Bijl said on Thursday.  The SABC fired, but then reinstated, a group of reporters after Solidarity took the SABC to the Labour Court.  After awarding costs to Solidarity, the court ruled that the officials who took the decision to fire the staffers had to file affidavits within five days to explain why they should not be held personally responsible for the costs.  They apparently complied, albeit in vague terms.  It is up to the judge to decide what to do, based on the replies.  The decision could be communicated to the lawyers in chambers, but Solidarity wants it to take place in open court, for the information of all.

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