National 2.8.2016 10:03 am

SABC news anchor Mvoko heads to court

Vuyo Mvoko. 
Photo: Supplied

Vuyo Mvoko. Photo: Supplied

The SABC decided not to broadcast any of his programmes after he criticised the broadcaster for not showing violent protests.

SABC news anchor and contributing editor Vuyo Mvoko is expected to approach the High Court in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

Mvoko is challenging the SABC’s decision to stop broadcasting any programmes that he has produced. The SABC made the move after Mvoko publicly criticised its now-rescinded ban on the broadcast of visuals of violent protests in which state property was destroyed.

Seven other journalists who were fired for criticising the censorship at the public broadcaster, have been reinstated.

In July, trade union Solidarity approached the Labour Court in Johannesburg and issued an ultimatum to the SABC to allow four of the eight journalists to return to work.

The four included Radio Sonder Grense (RSG) executive producer Foeta Krige, Afrikaans news producer Suna Venter, journalist Jacques Steenkamp and SAFM current affairs producer Krivani Pillay.

In a scathing judgement delivered by Judge Andre van Niekerk last Tuesday, the court said the termination of their employment two weeks ago was unlawful, and awarded costs against the SABC.

Several other senior SABC journalists, including Thandeka Gcubule, Busisiwe Ntuli and Lukhanyo Calata, were sent termination letters by the public broadcaster.

In court papers served on the SABC, Mvoko argues that the public broadcaster violated the independent contract agreement he had with them.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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