Those responsible for dismissing SABC journos may be liable for costs

The Labour Court has ruled that the four SABC journalists fired after questioning the public broadcaster's new editorial policies should be reinstated.

The judgement further states that those responsible for the dismissals must, within five days, convince the court why they should not be personally held liable for the costs of the dismissals and the subsequent proceedings.

Employment law practice head at Hogan Lovells, Imraan Mohamed, says this benchmark was set back in 2013 by the Supreme Court of Appeal, to avoid wastage of public money.

Ultimately, holding the entity responsible means that it is the tax payer that becomes liable for the costs at the end of the day. So where you hold the official or person liable then those costs are paid by their own pockets.

Imraan Mahomed, employment law practice head at Hogan Lovells

It's important because it holds public officials personally responsible. And it makes public officials think independently, it forces them to think critically and not to blindly follow orders from management.

Imraan Mahomed, employment law practice head at Hogan Lovells

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