Sunday Times slams police

2010-08-05 17:12
Cape Town – In a statement published on TimesLive, The Sunday Times slammed the police for failing to release jailed journalist Mzilikazi Wa Afrika from custody, saying that they are "...guilty of detention without trial".

“The prosecuting authorities in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga have confirmed that they will not prosecute… due to lack of evidence,” said editor Ray Hartley.

“Yet the police are refusing to release him from custody in flagrant violation of the spirit of the law. This is nothing less than the detention without trial of a journalist.

“This confirms our worst suspicions that the heavy-handed operation against Mzilikazi was, from the outset, designed to intimidate him and the Sunday Times and had no serious legal purpose.”

Hartley said Mzilikazi’s legal representatives will seek an urgent interdict in the High Court in Nelspruit to have him released from jail.

Hartley also called on President Jacob Zuma, currently in Russia, to intervene in the matter and instruct police commissioner General Bheki Cele to call a halt to this campaign of intimidation.

“He must reassure the nation that it is not the intention of his government to use law enforcement agencies to launch an assault on the freedom of the press to operate,” said Hartley.

- News24
Read more on:    mzilikazi wa afrika  |  media
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

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

Mood swings and emotional rollercoaster rides are still on the cards for most of today. The most important thing is to consciously...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.