Former SABC executives Hlaudi Motsoeneng and Simon Tebele have lost their application for leave to appeal in the labour court.

The two have been found personally liable, along with the SABC, to pay the legal costs of the group of employees known as the SABC 8.

The eight were illegally fired after they protested against the public broadcaster’s censoring of violent protests, among other things.

Reading the judgement on behalf of Judge Gush, Judge Andre van Niekerk dismissed the application with costs.

“The application for leave to appeal that was argued before my colleague Judge Gush, he prepared a written judgement which I will deliver on his behalf. Simply read the order, one the application for leave to appeal by the second and third respondents is dismissed with costs,” read Van Niekerk.