Four of the eight journalists, who were suspended and sacked by South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) for opposing its ban on broadcast of violent protests in which state property was destroyed, are challenging their dismissals in the Labour Court in Johannesburg.

Proceedings began on Thursday but have been postponed to Friday after the SABC failed to file the necessary papers.

The journalists, who earlier launched an urgent Constitutional Court application over their suspensions, will also seek payment for their legal fees.

On Monday, the SABC sent termination letters were sent to Jacques Steenkamp, Krivani Pillay, Suna Venter, and Foeta Krige for what the broadcaster has described as behaviour that undermines the conduct of the public broadcaster.

Trade union Solidarity said it would request the Labour Court to set aside the decision to dismiss the SABC journalists and to revoke the disciplinary process in its entirety pending the rulings given in the legal processes. – Additional reporting by African News Agency