SABC leaves Simon Tebele out in the cold with legal fees
The public broadcaster opts not to cover its former head of news’s legal costs
Former SABC head of news Simon Tebele was left out in the cold on Tuesday, having to personally ask for a postponement in a Labour Court matter. This was after the broadcaster informed him that it would no longer pay for his legal representation. Tebele officially took responsibility for the dismissal of journalists, but trade union Solidarity argues that it was former chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s decision to fire them. The court will hear arguments on September 6 as to who should pay for the matter brought by seven SABC journalists who successfully challenged their dismissals. The SABC’s interim board has received a mandate to clean up the public broadcaster. The SABC was plunged into turmoil under the leadership of Motsoeneng, who has since been fired. Suna Venter, who died recently, Foeta Krige, Krivani Pillay, Jacques Steenkamp. Thandeka Gqubule, Lukhanyo Calata and Busi Ntuli were all fired after they spoke out against what was happening at the SABC under Motsoen...