newsANA reports that The Citizen newspaper on Monday announced that it had terminated the employment contract of its editor Steven Motale with immediate effect.  

Senior management announced the contract termination of its previously suspended editor in a statement sent to staff on Monday afternoon.  Publisher Eureka Zandberg noted that Motale was suspended from his duties earlier this month, pending the outcome of an internal disciplinary process, and now said:  “The Citizen contended that the failure of Mr Motale to follow agreed-upon editorial procedures and to uphold his editorial duties led to an irretrievable breakdown in the relationship of trust and confidence between the editor and the publisher of the newspaper.”  Motale later took to Twitter and said:  “I was today dismissed as editor of The Citizen without any hearing.  My legal team is handling the matter.”  

According to Motale was fired over an article he published about "allegations of former finance minister Trevor Manuel’s alleged irregular awarding of SARS tenders.

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