Pearl Modiadie’s R3.5m sexual

Former Metro FM presenter Pearl Modiadie
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Pearl Modiadie’s R3.5m sexual harassment case heads to high court

The SABC argues that Pearl Modiadie should have taken the sexual harassment case against them to CCMA and not the high court.

Pearl Modiadie’s R3.5m sexual

Former Metro FM presenter Pearl Modiadie
Image source: Instagram

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is defending a R3.5 million claim made by former Metro FM presenter Pearl Modiadie to the Johannesburg High Court. 


Pearl Modiadie accused her former boss Anthony Soglo — the then Metro FM programmes manager — of passing inappropriate sexual overtones in an email addressed to her in November 2019. The email was regarding booking arrangements for Pearl.

“Yo … since we are there … can I also get asked that question? LOL [laughing out loud]! When do you need Pearl and for how long? Go Tumza … Pimpsta of the year! Hahahaha … Sorry guys … that was funny!” read the email according to a report by City Press.

The SABC argued that the allegations should have been taken to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) and not the high court. 

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The radio personality previously filed a claim to hold the SABC vicariously liable for the incident. She accused the SABC of failing to implement its sexual harassment policy framework when the matter was reported internally. 

“The plaintiff is in the wrong forum as the complaint should have been referred to the CCMA following an unsuccessful internal grievance procedure. In the circumstance, the plaintiff’s claim, as against the first defendant, stands to be dismissed with costs,” read a part of the court document. 

The SABC also stated that Pearl failed to make a case of vicarious liability.

“By the plaintiff’s own admission of the particulars of claim, the second defendant [Soglo] was ‘aware that the email content was not relating to a work-related official event’… as such the plaintiff has not made out a case for vicarious liability and the plaintiff’s claim, as against the first respondent stands to be dismissed with costs,” the document continued. 

City Press reports that the public broadcaster confirmed that it was defending itself against the action proceedings instituted by Pearl. 

“The SABC would like to put it on record that it is not defending the alleged misconduct of Soglo, but it is defending itself against action proceedings instituted by Modiadie. This matter is pending before the court of law out of respect for the judicial process. The SABC has no further comment at this stage,” said executive for corporate affairs and marketing, Gugu Ntuli in a statement. 

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