ANC: must help cops

2010-01-19 21:07
Johannesburg - The ANC wants to help police arrest the criminals who said during an interview with the channel that they would rob World Cup tourists.

The party also called on to do the "honourable" thing and withdraw its broadcast featuring the interview with the self-confessed criminals.

"These criminals are not only a threat to tourists, but to the dreams and desires of South Africa and Africa to host a successful soccer world cup," the ANC said.

"They are also a threat to the stability of South Africa and to each individual citizen of our country and to the democratic order that obtains in the country [sic].

"It is for these reasons that these criminals and their ill intentions should be arrested."

Channel infuriates Mthethwa said on Tuesday that a man who killed himself in Soweto was an underworld connection who set up the interviews with the criminals that prompted police to subpoena the station.

The broadcast infuriated Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, who accused the station of sensationalism and "harbouring" criminals, and prompted a debate about media freedom.

The police served subpoenas on eNews news editor Ben Said and reporter Mpho Lakaje in a bid to force them to reveal the identity of the two men, who appeared on air with their faces obscured.

In terms of the subpoenas, Said and Lakaje must appear in court next week unless they hand over unedited footage, the names and contact details of the men they interviewed, as well as information about the firearms shown in the programme.

'Don't hide behind journalistic ethics'

"If does not safeguard the interests of the innocent people from all over the world... the interest and well-being of South Africans... they cannot be different from these criminals themselves...," ANC national spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said in the statement.

"They cannot hide behind journalistic ethics and media freedoms on such a security threat to our country and our visitors.

"It is very unfortunate that we have a media in the country that glorifies and publicises criminal intentions. The patriotism of such media is suspect," he said.

The ANC reminded that the right to freedom of expression did not extend to the incitement of violence and criminality.

"The repeat broadcast of this footage promotes and justifies the interests of criminals," said Mthembu.

The party reiterated that people coming to the country for the World Cup would be safe and secure.

The SA Police Service and other law enforcement agencies started security preparations in 2004 were intensifying them in the run-up to the event and were ready for any eventuality "including these criminals that were publicised by", Mthembu said.

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