They are, however, uncertain about where and what they will be doing after the channel’s contract was canned by MultiChoice last month.
“We do not care where we have to report, but the court has ruled that we must be reinstated and the law has to be respected,” said a relieved employee, who asked not to be named.
On Thursday, the Labour Court declared that Manyi’s company, Infinity Media Networks, did not follow proper procedure when it terminated the contracts of workers. Manyi did not respond to requests for comment and his phone went unanswered.
After taking over the Gupta-owned ventures, Manyi rebranded the ANN7 TV channel as Afro Worldview and The New Age newspaper as Afro Voice. He said this was to cut ties with the controversial Gupta family at the centre of allegations of state capture. The New Age marketing manager Gugu Masinga said she was no longer a member of staff and referred The Star to Manyi.