Man to appear for assaulting journalist

2011-12-20 08:56

An ANC Youth League member who allegedly hit a journalist over the head with a brick during a scuffle over fake voting cards will appear in the Polokwane Magistrates Court.

The man, who allegedly assaulted Limpopo-based freelance journalist Chester Makana, handed himself over to police on Sunday after learning that police were looking for him, said provincial spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

“He made life easy for himself. He came to the police station with his lawyer,” he said.

Mulaudzi said the man appeared in court today on charges of assault and malicious damage to property, but his lawyer asked for a postponement to sort out other issues.

Makana was hit with a brick when he went to investigate allegations of duplicate voting tags being printed at a photocopying shop, shortly before delegates at the provincial elective conference picked their top five leaders.

He said two men stormed out of the shop, grabbed his camera and destroyed his memory card before chasing him. He then went to a police station to open a case against his attackers.

Makana said he was feeling better today, after collapsing as he and other journalists interviewed newly elected provincial secretary Soviet Lekganyane, on the sidelines of the conference at the University of Limpopo’s Turfloop campus near Polokwane.

Makana, whose bruised head was evidence of the attack, was attended to by paramedics who then rushed him to a local hospital.

He said he had suffered from migraine headaches since the attack, which intensified yesterday just before he collapsed.

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