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Court orders M-Net to reinstate Gareth Cliff

By Agency Reporter | Jan 29, 2016 | 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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Galfrend

Oh Wow! this I didn't see coming lol

Jan 29, 2016 10:24 | 3 replies

Lephalaleboi

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

Jan 29, 2016 10:26 | 3 replies

Maluleke110

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

Jan 29, 2016 10:50 | 1 replies

Mshovekahle

MNET must tell this man to jump over a cliff

Jan 29, 2016 11:23 | 1 replies
Feb 01, 2016 8:30 | 0 replies

lamolath

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

Jan 29, 2016 10:57 | 2 replies

Lephalaleboi

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.

Jan 29, 2016 11:6 | 2 replies

lamolath

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

Jan 29, 2016 11:37 | 2 replies

Galfrend

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

Jan 29, 2016 11:44 | 0 replies

ToDieFor

That picture is so wrong

Jan 29, 2016 12:11 | 1 replies

Lephalaleboi

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.

Jan 29, 2016 12:18 | 1 replies

Galfrend

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

Jan 29, 2016 12:21 | 0 replies

Nzwere

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

Jan 29, 2016 3:15 | 0 replies

Toivo

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

Jan 29, 2016 1:31 | 0 replies

minameismadubula

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

Jan 29, 2016 1:41 | 1 replies

somaartakeit

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,

Jan 29, 2016 5:52 | 0 replies

Babigall

Morning Skoni.

Jan 29, 2016 10:32 | 3 replies

Galfrend

Morning skoni sam

Jan 29, 2016 10:35 | 1 replies

Dkok

Skoni?? who is the brother here, Nongoloza?

Jan 29, 2016 10:58 | 1 replies

Nongoloza24

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

Jan 29, 2016 10:48 | 1 replies

Dkok

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

Jan 29, 2016 11:11 | 1 replies

minameismadubula

bhebheble i agree

Jan 29, 2016 1:42 | 0 replies

Nongoloza24

Hello baby wam.

Jan 29, 2016 10:51 | 1 replies

Babigall

Hello Nongy wami

Jan 29, 2016 12:35 | 0 replies

Galfrend

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

Jan 29, 2016 11:8 | 2 replies

Dkok

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

Jan 29, 2016 11:12 | 0 replies

Babigall

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

Jan 29, 2016 12:35 | 0 replies

Malamula

don't you love the smiles...?

Jan 29, 2016 10:33 | 1 replies

Galfrend

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

Jan 29, 2016 10:35 | 1 replies

Malamula

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

Jan 29, 2016 6:15 | 0 replies

MommaC

?? so does he get the R25 mil ??

Jan 29, 2016 10:26 | 7 replies

Lephalaleboi

yep he is a millionare now.

Jan 29, 2016 10:26 | 1 replies

Mshovekahle

Mpofu is also a millionaire now

Jan 29, 2016 12:2 | 1 replies

minameismadubula

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

Jan 29, 2016 1:44 | 0 replies

RobinX

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.

Jan 29, 2016 10:28 | 1 replies

DreyM

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

Jan 29, 2016 10:38 | 0 replies

Galfrend

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

Jan 29, 2016 10:28 | 1 replies

RobinX

I think the matter is now concluded.

Jan 29, 2016 10:47 | 1 replies

Nongoloza24

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

Jan 29, 2016 10:50 | 2 replies

OmoT

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

Jan 29, 2016 11:9 | 0 replies

RobinX

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

Jan 29, 2016 11:14 | 0 replies

TranquilBoy

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

Jan 29, 2016 10:32 | 2 replies

Galfrend

No he wanted both, his job and the 25 mil

Jan 29, 2016 10:34 | 1 replies
Jan 29, 2016 10:47 | 1 replies

lamolath

R25m was for Deformation of character

Jan 29, 2016 10:58 | 1 replies

RobinX

"defamation"

Jan 29, 2016 11:55 | 0 replies
Jan 29, 2016 11:7 | 0 replies

Sir_T

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

Jan 29, 2016 10:45 | 0 replies

MommaC

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

Jan 29, 2016 11:13 | 3 replies

RobinX

Ah, thanks MC.

Jan 29, 2016 11:15 | 0 replies

Sir_T

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.

Jan 29, 2016 11:21 | 1 replies

MommaC

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

Jan 29, 2016 11:33 | 2 replies

RobinX

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

Jan 29, 2016 11:56 | 0 replies

Sir_T

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.

Jan 29, 2016 11:57 | 1 replies

MommaC

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

Jan 29, 2016 12:46 | 1 replies

minameismadubula

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

Jan 29, 2016 1:48 | 1 replies

minameismadubula

*judging on idols i mean

Jan 29, 2016 1:49 | 0 replies

minameismadubula

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.

Jan 29, 2016 1:47 | 0 replies

CRM083

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

Jan 29, 2016 11:20 | 1 replies

MommaC

Thanks, CRM :)

Jan 29, 2016 11:37 | 0 replies

ke-tla-go-ja-gore

no, he will be reinstated.

Jan 29, 2016 10:26 | 0 replies

RobinX

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.

Jan 29, 2016 10:27 | 2 replies

Babigall

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

Jan 29, 2016 10:31 | 2 replies

TALK2ME

Lmao, he's playing flip flop game.

Jan 29, 2016 10:33 | 1 replies

RobinX

Meaning what?

Jan 29, 2016 10:48 | 1 replies

lamolath

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

Jan 29, 2016 11:1 | 1 replies
Jan 29, 2016 11:15 | 0 replies
Jan 29, 2016 10:47 | 0 replies

TALK2ME

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

Jan 29, 2016 10:31 | 0 replies

OmoT

Mnet was nuked

Jan 29, 2016 10:27 | 0 replies

TALK2ME

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

Jan 29, 2016 10:27 | 0 replies

Babigall

Dali is good hey!

Jan 29, 2016 10:28 | 1 replies

Galfrend

Too good skoni

Jan 29, 2016 10:29 | 2 replies

Dkok

ask winnie

Jan 29, 2016 11:0 | 1 replies

Babigall

Hahahahahah Dkok

Jan 29, 2016 12:43 | 0 replies
Jan 29, 2016 1:50 | 0 replies

VENDALIOUS

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

Jan 29, 2016 10:28 | 0 replies

VENDALIOUS

Is that popeye picking trash?

Jan 29, 2016 10:29 | 3 replies

inyanisoimuncu

For a moment I thought it was u.

Jan 29, 2016 10:21 | 1 replies

VENDALIOUS

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

Jan 29, 2016 10:39 | 0 replies
Jan 29, 2016 11:1 | 0 replies

Popeye

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

Jan 29, 2016 11:35 | 1 replies

VENDALIOUS

I withdraw Honorable Pops...Puff and Pass

Jan 29, 2016 11:39 | 1 replies

Popeye

….hola gazi, ziyasha....

Jan 29, 2016 11:49 | 0 replies

Malamula

great news, modimo o pala baloi.

Jan 29, 2016 10:30 | 0 replies

Malamula

now he must campaign for EFF.

Jan 29, 2016 10:32 | 1 replies

OmoT

But GC's ANC mos

Jan 29, 2016 10:54 | 0 replies