ANC slams Ficksburg footage

2011-04-18 10:45

The ANC today welcomed the arrest of six policemen accused of killing protester Andries Tatane in Ficksburg last week, but again criticised the media for broadcasting footage of his death.

“The swift action by the Independent Complaints Directorate to bring the perpetrators to book sends a good signal to all South Africans that no one – not even police officers – are above the law in this country,” said African National Congress (ANC) spokesperson Jackson Mthembu.

“This matter is now best left to our capable judiciary and other organs of state to deal with,” he said.

The ANC called on residents of the Free State town to be calm.

“During this time, we urge our people to give our judiciary a chance to effectively deal with those behind the brutal death of Mr Tatane,” Mthembu said.

He said the ANC remained opposed to the broadcasting of Tatane’s death on television, “especially taking into account the insensitivity of showing grim visuals to... viewers who included Mr Tatane’s two young children and his wife”.

“While we think exposing human rights violation constitutes good journalism, we maintain that it was editorial oversight to have shown raw, unsanitised and unedited visuals of the death of Mr Tatane without taking much consideration of the reaction from the family and other sensitive viewers, particularly the young and elderly,” said Mthembu.

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