Solidarity deputy general secretary Dirk Hermann. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
Solidarity's Dirk Hermann. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

TRADE union Solidarity, which represented four journalists that the SABC will now have to re-instate, on Tuesday described the victory in the Labour Court as a "six-love" win.

"It’s game set match," CEO Dirk Hermann told journalists in Johannesburg. "Democracy triumphed and Hlaudi Motsoeneng lost."

He said the union and the journalists were confident all along that they would win.

Earlier, the Labour Court ruled that the dismissals were unlawful and that the journalists be allowed to return to work immediately.

The SABC was also interdicted from continuing with the disciplinary action against the journalists.

Solidarity, on behalf of four of the seven fired journalists — Foeta Krige, Suna Venter, Jacques Steenkamp and Krivani Pillay — lodged an application in the Labour Court in a bid to have dismissals overturned.

Eight journalists were suspended for questioning an editorial decision taken to ban the footage of violent protests where public property was being burnt. Following this, seven of the eight were fired.

Hermann said the journalists had paid a high price for protecting the principles of democracy.

"We trust that this ruling will signal a strong message that we are in a Constitutional democracy."

He accused Motsoeneng of challenging this very constitutional democracy, saying " this should have implications".

"A strategic battle has been won but ultimately the war must still be won. We are appealing to this powerful civil society alliance to intensify the campaign and win the war," Hermann said.