Workers Union, Bemawu, has welcomed the Labour Court’s decision to dismiss former SABC executives application for leave to appeal.

Former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng and former Head of News Simon Tebele have been instructed by the court to personally pay the legal costs of a group of employees who were illegally dismissed for protesting against the controversial SABC news policy which barred the coverage of violent protests.

The workers were dismissed, but have since been re-instated following a Labour court ruling two months ago.

Bemawu’s president Hannes du Buisson says, “We didn’t expect anything else to happen, we believe that the labour court is adamant as we were that a strong message must be sent to any manager and any employer that they cannot abuse the law they must not think they are above the law. We sincerely hope this matter is going to be put to bed now and that Mr Motsoeneng and Tebele will approach us to make arrangements on how to pay back the money.”

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