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Court orders M-Net to reinstate Gareth Cliff

By Agency Reporter | 2016-01-29 10:21:50.0 | COMMENTS [ 175 ]

Axed Idols judge Gareth Cliff won a mammoth lawsuit against M-Net on Friday, hours before the first auditions for the show were due to start.

The celebrity won his bid to be reinstated as a judge of the popular talent scouting show, Judge Caroline Nicholls ruled in the High Court in Johannesburg.

"This is a contractual dispute. The contractual relationship has to be reinstated to what it was. M-Net will pay costs to Gareth Cliff," Nicholls told a packed court.

Cliff, dressed smartly in a dark suit, smiled as the ruling, which lasted four minutes, was read out.

Earlier this week, the court heard an urgent court application by him to be reinstated as a judge on the reality singing competition. Cliff was booted from the M-Net show after he commented on KwaZulu-Natal realtor Penny Sparrow's Facebook post in which she called black people monkeys.

Cliff tweeted: "People really don’t understand free speech at all", creating consternation on social media and prompting M-Net to sack him, saying it did not want to be associated with a racist.

On Tuesday, however, his lawyer Dali Mpofu argued that his axing was the worst form of racism, while M-Net's Wim Trengove tried to convince the court that the broadcaster never had a contract with Cliff.

Cliff wanted his job back and R25 million for defamation and breach of contract.

Auditions for Idols 2016 will begin at The Playhouse in Durban on Saturday.




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Oh Wow! this I didn't see coming lol

2016-01-29 10:24:02.0 | 3 replies


with the best lawyer like Dali Mpofu anything is possible.this guy is good.

2016-01-29 10:26:16.0 | 3 replies


So someone at MNet just made a decision to make Gareth rich! Some dudes are lucky!

2016-01-29 10:50:27.0 | 1 replies


MNET must tell this man to jump over a cliff

2016-01-29 11:23:11.0 | 1 replies
2016-02-01 08:30:23.0 | 0 replies


I knew it....Where is Stupid attention seeking "Mbalula".We knew he is R25M richer already.

2016-01-29 10:57:41.0 | 2 replies


i was just looking into the whole case thing ,you SL saying that Cliff wanted his job back AND R25Meter and on the other report it saying that Cliff wants his job back OR R25Meter.

2016-01-29 11:06:11.0 | 2 replies


Life is not fair Looking at the article Picture...Two gentleman in suits laughing.A blackman in a skip searching for food

2016-01-29 11:37:20.0 | 2 replies


too sad, it was going to be more sad if the gentlemen in suits were BOTH white...

2016-01-29 11:44:36.0 | 0 replies


That picture is so wrong

2016-01-29 12:11:01.0 | 1 replies


Very wrong,the guy is in the bin opnning plastic bags and the other two guys wearing suits and laughing about how to get millions.

2016-01-29 12:18:07.0 | 1 replies


Its a well captured pic, kudos to the photographer..It does speak volumes..but that's life, not fair, never will be :(

2016-01-29 12:21:18.0 | 0 replies


The article says the court ordered M-NET to give Cliff his job back. not R25m

2016-01-29 15:15:15.0 | 0 replies


@lamolath. Mbalula is busy trying to convince us that his twitter account was hacked.

2016-01-29 13:31:21.0 | 0 replies


Dali is a good advocate. Maybe Oskido should have hired him.

2016-01-29 13:41:34.0 | 1 replies


the EFF should be proud to have Dali in its leadership, and he is also very wired when it comes to human rights, as he is the ONLY lawyer in SA who was willing to take up the case for the Marikane victims,

2016-01-29 17:52:15.0 | 0 replies


Morning Skoni.

2016-01-29 10:32:21.0 | 3 replies


Morning skoni sam

2016-01-29 10:35:52.0 | 1 replies


Skoni?? who is the brother here, Nongoloza?

2016-01-29 10:58:04.0 | 1 replies


Hey hey I can't be Galfy's brother she is way too forward, but yena she is beautiful and bhebhable lol.

2016-01-29 10:48:56.0 | 1 replies


beautiful and bhebheble u say?(ejulile, emphulula intshebe)

2016-01-29 11:11:15.0 | 1 replies


bhebheble i agree

2016-01-29 13:42:26.0 | 0 replies


Hello baby wam.

2016-01-29 10:51:28.0 | 1 replies


Hello Nongy wami

2016-01-29 12:35:57.0 | 0 replies


Babigall, this skoni thing is not working lol, I will be your skoni only if it is for Dkok my brother

2016-01-29 11:08:58.0 | 2 replies


hhayi bo ufuna ukungixabanisa no Nongoloza manje, mina ngizithandela wena Galfie, nalompako wakho weslender

2016-01-29 11:12:41.0 | 0 replies


Hayi Skoni, unguSkoni ngo bhuti wami u eKappa. Kanti kwenzakalani manje?

2016-01-29 12:35:39.0 | 0 replies


don't you love the smiles...?

2016-01-29 10:33:10.0 | 1 replies


What smiles..I will never forget your queen bee statement lol

2016-01-29 10:35:33.0 | 1 replies


hahaaa... wow didn't think you'll remember who said it...

2016-01-29 18:15:05.0 | 0 replies


?? so does he get the R25 mil ??

2016-01-29 10:26:02.0 | 7 replies


yep he is a millionare now.

2016-01-29 10:26:43.0 | 1 replies


Mpofu is also a millionaire now

2016-01-29 12:02:40.0 | 1 replies


Not yet. That part hasnt been decided. It wasnt urgent enough. The reinstatement was urgent because idols audition start tomorow.

2016-01-29 13:44:08.0 | 0 replies


No mention of that, so I think not. They awarded costs though. I may be wrong, as we all know that SL journos couldn't find a "whole" story" if it were glued to their faces.

2016-01-29 10:28:21.0 | 1 replies


I think your are correct Robin. He was awarded legal fees and reinstatement.

2016-01-29 10:38:56.0 | 0 replies


that's yet to be deliberated I think...

2016-01-29 10:28:33.0 | 1 replies


I think the matter is now concluded.

2016-01-29 10:47:15.0 | 1 replies


I think, I think jeeeerrrr. This one thinks this, that one thinks that and you are all thinking kak#smh

2016-01-29 10:50:13.0 | 2 replies


Maybe you should think more. #Justsayin' ;-)

2016-01-29 11:09:18.0 | 0 replies


WTF Nongolarsehole? It is common, and NORMAL practice to say that when one is not certain. Do us all a favour and eat shit.

2016-01-29 11:14:54.0 | 0 replies


Last time I read he said, Its either the 25mil or His Job back.

2016-01-29 10:32:36.0 | 2 replies


No he wanted both, his job and the 25 mil

2016-01-29 10:34:47.0 | 1 replies
2016-01-29 10:47:33.0 | 1 replies


R25m was for Deformation of character

2016-01-29 10:58:54.0 | 1 replies



2016-01-29 11:55:33.0 | 0 replies
2016-01-29 11:07:37.0 | 0 replies


No! This was an urgent application proceeding and not a summons proceeding. Please google the difference…am off to a meeting.

2016-01-29 10:45:30.0 | 0 replies


Okay, found out the rest of the story. This application was ONLY for the reinstatement. The matter of the R25 mil has not been heard. It seems that there will be a media thingy tomorrow, where they will confirm if they are still going ahead with that case. For now, the only judgement is that Mnet has to immediately reinstate him and pay Dhali's invoice

2016-01-29 11:13:18.0 | 3 replies


Ah, thanks MC.

2016-01-29 11:15:25.0 | 0 replies


That is correct. The sueing action shall follow a summons procedure which may take between 6 months and 2 years to be heard by court. It is a very long, costly and tiring process. By the way, after this order for reinstatement and if this order is adhered to by the respondent, then Mr Cliff, if he continues with his sueing action, will likely reduce his claim to only R5million, for defamation.

2016-01-29 11:21:15.0 | 1 replies


It will probably be settled out of court. It isn't really in Mnet's best interests to carry on with this. I don't think Cliff will be on Idols next time though

2016-01-29 11:33:26.0 | 2 replies


I doubt he would want to be. This was a matter of principle.

2016-01-29 11:56:20.0 | 0 replies


I agree with you. I think it should and it will be settled out of court. There’s absolutely no need to drag each other to court anymore, especially if Mnet complies with this court order and re-instates Mr Cliff and further issue public apology, in the interests of restoration of their work relationship.

On Mr Cliff being on the 2017 season of idols - - I think he could still be. Honest to themselves, Mnet knows that they were simply succumbing to pressure and acting on pronouncement of guilty by judges of courts of public opinions. In simple layman’s terms: Mnet, like Standard Bank over Chris Hart, are grandstanding and playing to appease political spectators.

2016-01-29 11:57:48.0 | 1 replies


I can't really blame MNet or Standard Bank. Their business success largely derives from public opinion. Within the current emotional climate, they don't want bad publicity. Both institutions are horribly overpriced and are losing customers already. They would not be wanting to lose more

2016-01-29 12:46:21.0 | 1 replies


Imagine Gareth judging a black person. And is as outspoken as he has always been. The whole debate on social media could be about Gareth and not the show. His reputation is tainted for the role I am sorry

2016-01-29 13:48:23.0 | 1 replies


*judging on idols i mean

2016-01-29 13:49:05.0 | 0 replies


my prediction is that Gareth and Mnet will part 'amicably'. Gareth probably sued to clear his name. Otherwise there is love lost between the 2.

2016-01-29 13:47:05.0 | 0 replies


Not yet. The R25m is a separate case that related to the incident. Still to be heard.

2016-01-29 11:20:22.0 | 1 replies


Thanks, CRM :)

2016-01-29 11:37:45.0 | 0 replies


no, he will be reinstated.

2016-01-29 10:26:51.0 | 0 replies


This is exactly what I expected. MNET Didn't have a legal leg to stand on. I did consider his claim for 25 mill ridiculous and am also glad that the court did NOT award that, as I consider Cliff a right arsehole anyway, despite having been legally "right" in this instance.

2016-01-29 10:27:02.0 | 2 replies


Uncle Rob you rightly said MNet wont win. As I always say. Ungu Clever maan lol

2016-01-29 10:31:16.0 | 2 replies


Lmao, he's playing flip flop game.

2016-01-29 10:33:35.0 | 1 replies


Meaning what?

2016-01-29 10:48:10.0 | 1 replies


R25M was not Ridiculous,If you know you want R10M you need to ncrease it a bit

2016-01-29 11:01:30.0 | 1 replies
2016-01-29 11:15:55.0 | 0 replies
2016-01-29 10:47:58.0 | 0 replies


25 Million was nothing but wishful thinking of Cliff. He was just trying his luck for 25 Mil.

2016-01-29 10:31:53.0 | 0 replies


Mnet was nuked

2016-01-29 10:27:44.0 | 0 replies


The judgement came as a surprise to many, myself included.

2016-01-29 10:27:48.0 | 0 replies


Dali is good hey!

2016-01-29 10:28:03.0 | 1 replies


Too good skoni

2016-01-29 10:29:03.0 | 2 replies


ask winnie

2016-01-29 11:00:02.0 | 1 replies


Hahahahahah Dkok

2016-01-29 12:43:09.0 | 0 replies
2016-01-29 13:50:36.0 | 0 replies


I am not a fan of Cliff but this boy is clever

2016-01-29 10:28:46.0 | 0 replies


Is that popeye picking trash?

2016-01-29 10:29:29.0 | 3 replies


For a moment I thought it was u.

2016-01-29 10:21:33.0 | 1 replies


Why are your eyes closed? Are you jacking yourself off?

2016-01-29 10:39:42.0 | 0 replies
2016-01-29 11:01:41.0 | 0 replies


….hournarable Vendaboy, you should respect that name Sir...

2016-01-29 11:35:21.0 | 1 replies


I withdraw Honorable Pops...Puff and Pass

2016-01-29 11:39:12.0 | 1 replies


….hola gazi, ziyasha....

2016-01-29 11:49:26.0 | 0 replies


great news, modimo o pala baloi.

2016-01-29 10:30:52.0 | 0 replies


now he must campaign for EFF.

2016-01-29 10:32:08.0 | 1 replies


But GC's ANC mos

2016-01-29 10:54:06.0 | 0 replies