SABC to appeal court ruling over Chubisi

Axed SABC news anchor Palesa Chubisi has been reinstated and now back at work.

Chubisi took the SABC to the labour court last month over her dismissal saying it was unlawful and invalid.

This came after the public broadcaster dismissed Chubisi and 29 others after the public protector’s investigation and their international investigation found they were appointed or promoted without due process by an ex-SABC chief operating officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

All the employees were issued dismissal letters at the time.

After court proceedings earlier this week, the court ordered the public broadcaster to reinstate Chubisi with immediate effect and to pay her legal costs.

Chubisi’s lawyer, advocate Wiliam Mkhari, said the court had ruled against the termination.

“The court has said that SABC’s termination is invalid in law; it is void and she must report to duty with immediate effect. The SABC was ordered to pay the cost of the application, so this is indeed an important victory for her because an organization such as the SABC is required to obey the law and not to break it,” noted Mkhari.

According to SABC News, the broadcaster’s new chief operating officer, Ian Plaatjies, said it was challenging the judgment.

“We respect the court ruling. However, we are appealing to that. So, we’ll be going through that process and the outcome of that we’ll respect as well.

“The fact that we’re appealing the outcome of Palesa’s case can tell you we’re not going to be withdrawing from the others as well,” he indicated.

Chubisi took to Instagram where she posted pictures of herself on set at the SABC studios in Auckland Park.

By: Thapelo Molebatsi