SABC journalists ‘detained’ in Sudan

2011-07-08 13:44

Two SABC journalists covering South Sudan’s independence celebrations were detained for about four hours yesterday.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said television journalist Thami Dixon and a cameraman were filming in an informal settlement in Juba, the new capital of South Sudan, when they were “arrested”.

“They were told they didn’t have permission and were detained by authorities,” he said.

The public broadcaster said both journalists were fine and would continue covering the independence celebrations tomorrow.

Earlier, the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement had identified the journalist as SABC Radio’s Tshepo Ikaneng.

However, Kganyago said Ikaneng had merely reported the matter to his employers and was not arrested.

President Jacob Zuma and his predecessor, Thabo Mbeki, are expected to attend the independence celebrations in the continent’s newest country.

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