ANCYL: Charge Wa Afrika with treason
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.