The creators of popular television soapie The River, Tshedza Pictures, have been dragged to court for allegedly terminating the contract of producer Emmanuel Tlhakanye prematurely.
In documents filed at the South Gauteng High Court this month, Tlhakanye claimed that the termination followed his “Wrongful arrest for robbery”, leading to a few nights at Brixton and Joburg Central police stations in June.
“On or about 25 June 2020 and at this place of residence, the plaintiff was unlawfully arrested by members of the South African Police Services and charged with inter alia robbery and kept in custody at the Brixton police station until 28 June 2020,” his papers, which Daily Sun has seen, read in part.
“On 10 July 2020, the defendant suspended the plaintiff and ordered the plaintiff to attend a formal inquiry meeting to determine the plaintiff’ssuitability to continue working on the defendant’s production. On 13 July 2020, the plaintiff attended the hearings and explained why he was absent from work from 26-30 June 2020 and that his absence was due to no fault of his,” read the documents.
“On 17 July 2020, the defendant conveyed to the plaintiff that the defendant terminated the contract in question. The termination of the agreement is unlawful as the plaintiff was not absent for a prolonged period and was absent due to no fault of his,” read the papers.