JOHANNESBURG – The dismissed SABC journalists will be taking their fight to the Labour Court on Thursday.
Trade union Solidarity had filed papers to challenge their suspensions.
It now plans to amend the court papers and request that the dismissals be set aside.
The fired workers have been vocal about the low morale in SABC newsrooms.
They have also disagreed with the public broadcaster’s ban on airing violent protests.
But one labour lawyer says both parties will have a tough time stating their cases.
“If they referred an unfair dismissal to the CCMA or Labour Court, one of the issues in dispute would be whether they committed the dispute they are accused of,” said Ludwig Frahm-Arp.
“They are accused, as I understand, of having acted contrary to the interests of the employer.”
“It would be for the SABC in that instance to show that this is what happened, the employees did act in breach of their rules.”