Journos held outside Zuma's house

2010-03-18 10:41
Johannesburg - Guards outside President Jacob Zuma's house in Forest Town, Johannesburg, on Wednesday held a photographer and a cub reporter from the Mail & Guardian in their own car in front of the house.

This followed only a day after presidential guards roughed up Tshepo Lesole, an Eyewitness News journalist from Talk Radio 702, at the Chris Hani-Baragwanath hospital in Soweto and forced him to erase his footage.

According to Nic Dawes, the editor of the Mail & Guardian, Delwyn Verasamy, the photographer, and Lionel Faull, had gone to take pictures of Zuma's house at about 10:00.

Guards and a police officer came up to them and held them for about 40 minutes in their car.

Not illegal

The journalists called Dawes and he drove over. He then asked the guards why they were holding Verasamy and Faull, to which they said they were not being held but they could not go either.

Dawes then said: "If they are not under arrest, we are going," and he left with his staff.

"To take pictures in a public road is not illegal. They are journalists doing their job."

Dawes said it could have been viewed as an isolated incident if it had not been for the "bizarre" arrest of Chumani Maxwele, the Cape Town student, who last month allegedly showed his middle finger to President Jacob Zuma, as well as Tuesday's incident at the Chris Hani-Baragwanath hospital.

"In that context, it is worrying."

Felix Dlangamandla, Beeld's photographer who was also at the hospital, saw how guards yelled at Lesole and pulled him about by his shirt after he took pictures of Zuma's motorcade.

The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) said in a statement that the Eyewitness News reporter had been harassed a few weeks after Sanef, the minister and deputy minister of police and the national police chief had met to discuss the harassment of journalists by police.

Police then reassured Sanef that officers would not keep journalists from doing their jobs.

Presidency requests report

Vincent Magwenya, Zuma's spokesperson, on Wednesday again used the excuse that the protection of the president was the police's responsibility and not the presidency's.

The presidency was however worried about "what appeared to be increasing tension between the police and the media", and had requested a report about the incidents.

They would apparently meet with police "to look at what we can do to improve the relationship between the media and those who protect the president".

DA leader Helen Zille said the assault of Lesola by Zuma's guards was an abuse of power. She said only Zuma, and no-one else, was responsible for the behaviour by his bodyguards.

National police spokesperson, Senior Superintendent Lindela Mashigo, was not available for comment by late Thursday.
Read more on:    mail and guardian  |  helen zille  |  nic dawes  |  jacob zuma  |  johannesburg
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

This is what South Africans Googled in 2014!

Find out who and what South Africans were most curious about in 2014!

 
 

I love summer.24

This hilarious song is your new holiday anthem
The world's least visited destination is breathtaking!
LOL treadmill fail!
Google’s top searches of 2014

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

HOUSES FOR SALE IN Paarl

Houses R 2 690 000

HOUSES FOR SALE IN Hermanus

Houses R 2 680 000

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may be emotionally defensive or reserved today. You need to step up today as there may be extra responsibilities to deal with....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.