M-Net To Oppose Gareth Cliff's High Court Application

JOHANNESBURG – M-Net confirmed that it received notice of an urgent High Court application by Gareth Cliff to be reinstated as Idols Judge.

The company said it will respond to his application in due course.

“While we respect his decision to seek legal recourse, we dispute his claims and will be filing an answering affidavit in due course,” M-Net’s Head Of PR and Publicity Nondumiso Mabece said in an email response to enca.com.

Cliff’s lawyers say M-Net has violated his constitutional and common law rights.

If he’s not reinstated, Cliff wants R25-million for defamation and wrongful dismissal.

Cliff’s lawyer, Eric Mabuza, said the station had fired Cliff without having a “proper hearing”.

He was fired after he weighed in on the Penny Sparrow racist post debacle.

People across the country have been up in arms over a Facebook post by estate agent, Penny Sparrow.

In the post, Sparrow refers to black people as “monkeys.”

Hundreds of people, including high-profile celebrities, have taken to social media to share their views on the post.

Cliff found himself in hot water after defending her post as freedom of speech, he was the subsequently fired from his position as Idols SA judge by M-Net.

– eNCA