ANCYL: Charge Wa Afrika with treason

2010-08-16 13:42
Johannesburg - Sunday Times journalist Mzilikazi wa Afrika should be charged with high treason as he is a threat to national security, the ANC Youth League in Mpumalanga said on Monday.

"There is no huge difference between the offence allegedly committed by Wa Afrika and that of the Boeremag, the only difference is that the latter wanted to overthrow the state by violent means while Wa Afrika wanted to do so through peddling lies," provincial spokesperson Ronald Ozzy Lamola said.

He was referring to the actions of the right-wing Boeremag organisation, who were allegedly responsible for planting bombs in Soweto in 2002.

Lamola said Wa Afrika had undermined security in the presidency and the Mpumalanga premier's office, which was a direct attack on the State and its people. He called on the National Prosecuting Authority to charge Wa Afrika with treason.

"It (the arrest) is a move in the right direction to uproot the cancer of brown envelope journalism that is compromising the integrity of hard working journalists who follow the proper ethics of the journalism profession," he said.

Urged to attend court appearance

The league held its Provincial Executive Committee meeting in Nelspruit on Sunday, where Wa Afrika's case, among other issues, was discussed.

Lamola called on Youth League members to attend the Wa Afrika's next court appearance on November 8 at the Nelspruit Regional Court, saying that offences like his would further strengthen the ruling party's case for a media tribunal.

The PEC also discussed the issue of the nationalisation of mines and the current wage negotiations of public servants.

Lamola said the league supported the demands for an 8.6% wage increase and R1 000 housing allowance by the workers.

"Our support is based on the fact that the low salaries our parents are earning as public servants affect our education and economic position.

"We start from a negative side in life because of the poverty of our parents," Lamola said.
 

- SAPA
Read more on:    ancyl  |  mzilikazi wa afrika  |  nelspruit  |  media
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
184 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
Investment tips you need to know 2015-01-29 14:07

Ever wondered how to assess your future potential liability? Feroz Basa, Senior Portfolio Manager Old Mutual Investment Group, weighs in on all the investment tips you need to know. WATCH.

/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Games on Sale!

Save up to 60% on selected games. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Today is a good day to connect to your inner needs and try to get things back into a more balanced rhythm. There will be emotional...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.