AS IT HAPPENED: Gareth Cliff gets his Idols SA job back

2016-01-29 08:01

Axed Idols judge Gareth Cliff won a mammoth lawsuit against M-Net on Friday.


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29 Jan 10:31

He told the media that he will be holding a press conference tomorrow at Cliff Central. Time to be confirmed.

29 Jan 10:30

Gareth Cliff gave a short statement alongside his lawyer Eric Mabuza following his victory in court.

29 Jan 10:29

29 Jan 10:16

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.

29 Jan 10:08

Gareth to be reinstated as Idols SA judge with immediate effect.

29 Jan 10:07
Judge: The contractual relationship is reinstated to what it was. M-Net to pay costs Cliff.

29 Jan 10:06

Judge: the issue is whether Gareth Cliff has a legally binding agreement with M-Net.

29 Jan 10:05

Judge: The dispute is solely a contractual one at this stage.

29 Jan 10:04

Court in session.

29 Jan 10:01

Gareth Cliff shares a word with his legal team ahead of proceedings.

29 Jan 10:00

Cameras allowed in court.

29 Jan 09:53

Gareth seen chatting to friends about the urgency of the matter, adding that he was expecting a flurry of meetings once the ruling had been handed down.

29 Jan 09:52

The judge has permitted cameras into the court.

29 Jan 09:50

Gareth Cliff looks very relaxed as he whistles while he waits for court proceedings to start.

29 Jan 09:38

29 Jan 09:28

Cliff appears calm and confident and was whistling as he walked out of the lift.

29 Jan 09:28

Gareth is dressed in a black suit, white shirt and shades. He smiled and joked with photographers as he walked into court.

29 Jan 09:25

Gareth Cliff arrives at court.

29 Jan 09:19

We should have a ruling in the Gareth Cliff vs Idols SA case within the next hour.

29 Jan 09:17

We're at the High Court in Johannesburg. There's a small group of media outside.

29 Jan 08:02

The judgement is expected to be delivered before 10:00 today.

29 Jan 08:01

Controversial media personality Gareth Cliff will know today whether he gets his job as a judge on M-Net's singing competition Idols back.

The channel booted him from the show following a backlash on Twitter after he commented on KwaZulu-Natal realtor Penny Sparrow's Facebook post. She called black New Year's day revellers monkeys.

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