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ANCYL man to appear for journalist assault

2011-12-20 13:22

Polokwane - 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 Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

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 spokesperson 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 on Monday 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 on Tuesday, 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 on Monday just before he collapsed.

Comments
  • Kala - 2011-12-20 13:30

    I had no idea that some people would take the "secrecy bill" so seriously even though it isn't law yet.

  • Kevin - 2011-12-20 13:41

    Lock him up and throw away the key . We do not need oxygen thieves on the street

  • Grant - 2011-12-20 13:42

    This is turning into a smokescreen! A big issue is being made of the assault, I sincerely hope the circumstances behind the assault are not being swept under the carpet.

  • Andre - 2011-12-20 13:44

    I'm sorry for this assault, but a full investigation into voting tags being photocopied must be done. Nice to see the youth already willing to hurt for their so called leaders corruption! Disgusting!

      Andre - 2011-12-20 15:24

      Makes you think of how Mugabe rigged his elections, fraud and sabotage by "veterans" who are to young to even have been in the war. How does this differ, except on scale.

  • Hermann - 2011-12-20 13:55

    That is Malema's youth league - a bunch of barbarians.

      Cameronl - 2011-12-20 14:29

      savages, sounds more appropriate

  • David - 2011-12-20 14:00

    An independent investigator should be appointed to look into this.Please put it out to tender..LOL

  • Marick - 2011-12-20 14:00

    "Lawyer asked for a postponement"... normal people get put in jail and wait for bail. But ANCYL members don't?

  • Debbie - 2011-12-20 14:11

    The only way they can win anything is to lie cheat and steal...............

  • Cameronl - 2011-12-20 14:31

    take that youth league prick and hit him in the head with a brick, beat the snot out of him. There is no cure for stupidity, however but there is no harm in giving the twat some of his own medicine

  • George - 2011-12-20 14:39

    Now we know why on Cart Blanche the other sunday night limpopo were spending a fortune on photocopy machines, for this sort of occasion. Planed in advance

  • Maduvha - 2011-12-20 14:45

    So the photographer knew the guy and he knw that he was an ANCYL member. I smell a dead rat here.

      Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-20 15:06

      You are from Limpopo and people in Limpopo know each other than people in any other province. Chester has been a journalist for some years now and he should know most of politicians as he has been attending conferences of this nature for the first or second time.

      Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-20 15:06

      You are from Limpopo and people in Limpopo know each other than people in any other province. Chester has been a journalist for some years now and he should know most of politicians as he has been attending conferences of this nature for the first or second time.

  • Shoe - 2011-12-20 15:17

    The ANC has these scumbags by the dozen. You've seen one, you've seen all ANC members. Starting with Shower man.

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-20 15:23

    These journalists you are persecuting today played a major role in bringing political change from apartheid to democratic SA and our constitution allows them to perfom their duties within the limits of our constitution. Unless if the constitution in Limpopo is contaminated by Zimbabwean constitution.

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2011-12-20 15:56

    Typical of the ANC supporters, they can only steal and cheat, makes u wonder just how much cheating is done on the behalf at election times. Is there not an honest person amongst them? Sorry, that's a rhetorical question.

  • George - 2011-12-20 15:58

    When was he hit with a brick? After they took his camera and memory card or when the guy came out of the shop? What kind of reporting is this? I am confused.

  • gcshrimpton - 2011-12-20 19:16

    ANCYL man to appear for journalist assault. WRONG! BOY not MAN! Typical of the brain dead, unwashed, uneducated fatboy followers. Comment by Tickey & Friends against fatboy en sy ma winnie the poo.

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