The Labour Court today ordered the former COO of the SABC, Mr Hlaudi Motsoeneng, the former Group Executive of News, Mr Simon Tebele and the SABC to jointly pay BEMAWU’s legal cost in defending the dismissal of three of the SABC 7 in July 2016.
The SABC 8 (seven were employees) were dismissed in July 2016 after they questioned the unlawful Protest Policy originated and championed by Hlaudi Motsoeneng, supported by the then SABC Board and enforced by Tebele, Maseko, Ditlahakanyane and Molete.
Seven of the 8 journalists were reinstated after an urgent application were brought by both BEMAWU and Solidarity.
This cost order is a victory for in particular public service employees and parastatals , who previously were up against the money powers of the state and corporations who could out-litigate them.
Officials can be held liable in person for patently wrong and unlawful decisions.