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Hawks bugged Sunday Time's journalist's phone

2011-10-01 22:47

Johannesburg – Inspector general of state intelligence, Faith Radebe, has confirmed that Sunday Times journalist Mzilikazi Wa Afrika's phone calls had been monitored by the Hawks, according to a news report on Sunday.

Radebe told the Sunday Times that Wa Afrika's phone tap was ordered through the proper channels.

"As part of a lawful investigative method, an interception direction in terms of the Rica [Act] was approved by the designated judge in respect of [Wa Afrika] pertaining to the allegations of crime, and not for the reason that he is a journalist," she said.

Sunday Times editor Ray Hartley said the criminal justice system had been abused to "harass and intimidate" Wa Afrika.

"The judge who authorised this 'surveillance' and the police officers who requested it, should hang their heads in shame," Hartley said.

Wa Afrika and Stephan Hofstatter, another Sunday Times journalist, had been warned earlier in the year that they were being monitored.

The newspaper asked Radebe to investigate this, and in her progress report she said Wa Afrika was the subject of a Hawks investigation, but would not disclose further details.

Wa Afrika was arrested in July and detained for two days after writing about the alleged irregularities in multimillion-rand leases for police office space.

Comments
  • Sinudeity - 2011-10-01 23:18

    THIS IS BULLSH!T!!! RICA's intent is rearing its ugly head.

      Smk - 2011-10-01 23:41

      Aye that and seeling our details so we can be spammed. Wa Africa and Stephan Hofstatter. We the common people of SA are behind you. VIVA freedom of speech. Fk the ANC and their oppresive policies. Its Apartheid all over again

      Afrikanerbul - 2011-10-02 09:56

      Yhat is why we cannot believe the ANC Government that they would not abuse the Media Bill

  • joshreader - 2011-10-01 23:18

    This is incredibly depressing.

  • oosthuizen - 2011-10-01 23:20

    Another reason why the RICA act should never have been approved and even more reason for us to stand up against the protection of information bill!!! Its seems our government wants to because abuser of human rights like the beloved USA...

  • leonard - 2011-10-01 23:46

    Sounds more like the Soviet Union of old.So much for all the promises of a free society.We REALLY are in big trouble in SA if this is what we have come to.I suppose in future all government missives will start off with......Dear Comrade.......

      Coquine - 2011-10-02 08:54

      Not surprising given that our current stock of leaders were all trained in the USSR and East Germany. The Secrecy Bill is the latest exhibition of what they learnt.

      leonard - 2011-10-02 13:08

      @Me....As an aside to the topic,had another read of the leader article and noticed the name of the inspector general one Faith Radebe.NOW I wonder whose wife she might be?Talk about nepotism in the ruling party !!!!!!

  • Nkosinathi - 2011-10-01 23:48

    Fighting against the most Powerful people in this country is a problem...they saw that they were being exposed so now their trying to intimidate her. She must carry on doing his Job and Screw the Hawks..we have to much corruption in our Bureaucracy, if they want a good assignment..the government officials should be a point of Departure!!! what about her privacy? what about her rights? this is nonsense!!!

  • ahpretorius - 2011-10-02 00:53

    Name and shame the judge!

      Really1 - 2011-10-02 02:37

      moegoe moegoe perhaps?

  • chris.heyde1 - 2011-10-02 01:02

    So what is going to come next? Will torture by the state become a common aspect of our new (apartheid-style) depressed, oppressed and corruption-devastated society? Will journos also dissappear as in China or Miyanmar, or be found shot like in Russia? We are in deep trouble.

  • FartaWorks - 2011-10-02 02:03

    "The judge who authorised this 'surveillance' and the police officers who requested it, should hang their heads in shame," Ha, they have no shame, no honour, no nothin'... low IQ retards with a massive "log" on their shoulders.

  • mnbain - 2011-10-02 04:05

    Rica.... Helping create a police state.

  • Forward - 2011-10-02 06:44

    This is so out of line ....... Typical police state

  • Mkushi - 2011-10-02 10:06

    RICA's death? All the proof you need for the constitution court.

  • RainbowZombi - 2011-10-02 10:07

    What did you all expect Rica meant? Freebies!! How do you think the Chinese control mobile network information censoring. Well if we all went & stood in the cue to vote in the last election the anc would not have had a 2/3 majority, maar nee Braai en Bier is mos Lekker!. So we can rant and rave as much as we can Bah Bah Bah. Go try and pee in the direction the wind blows and see what happens, exactly the same is happening to the country, we want something but not sure how to get it, then we call ourselves educated. Who is to Blame? WE ARE!!

  • Kevin - 2011-10-02 10:12

    What Judge approved the phone tap and on what fabricated evidence? This requires an independent investigation, and if there was any fabrication of evidence or if the Judge allowed this breach of Mzilikazi Wa Africa's constitutional rights on the basis of heresay, they should be prosecuted and the Judge resign.

      Sizwe - 2011-10-07 22:37

      The Judiciary is already independent, that is the point! Have you ever considered that instead of the Police, Interception officials, court officials and a Judge being corrupt that perhaps, just perhaps the Journalists are...? or is their profession so pure that it is unthinkable for journalists to be suspects in a case and there could very well be Prima facie evidence that could convince a high court judge to grant an interception order... The simplest explanation is usually the correct one and in this case these guys gave the judge probable cause to grant that interception order.

  • 722 - 2011-10-07 20:24

    Only SA changed in name not methods

  • Sizwe - 2011-10-07 22:41

    Have any of you ever considered that instead of the Police, Interception officials, court officials and a Judge being corrupt that perhaps, just perhaps the Journalists are...? or is their profession so pure that it is unthinkable for journalists to be suspects in a case and there could very well be Prima facie evidence that could convince a High court Judge to grant an interception order... The simplest explanation is usually the correct one, and in this case the police gave the judge evidence sufficient for probable cause to grant that interception order.

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