The South Gauteng High Court ruled this morning that broadcasters, M-Net has to reinstate Idols judge and radio personality Gareth Cliff.
The case originated after Gareth Cliff Tweeted in December that “People really don’t understand free speech at all” referring to scandalised estate agent, Penny Sparrow.
People really don't understand free speech at all: https://t.co/97MWi6jrww
— Gareth Cliff (@GarethCliff) January 4, 2016
The Tweet referred to an extremely racist Facebook status made by Sparrow regarding black beachgoers over the festive period. After the broadcaster of the popular singing scouting show, M-Net, axed Cliff for his Tweet he brought an urgent application to the High Court to be reinstated.
Judge Caroline Nicholls ruled in Cliff’s favour just before the first round of auditions for the twelve season of Idols begins. The Judge held that:
This is a contractual dispute. The contractual relationship has to be reinstated to what it was. M-Net will pay costs to Gareth Cliff
Cliff took to Twitter to thank his legal team and the public’s support.