Journalists can't be political party members - Zille

2014-01-25 12:19
DA leader Helen Zille (File, Sapa)

DA leader Helen Zille (File, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Journalists cannot be political party members, DA leader Helen Zille said on Saturday.

"I agree that you can't be a member of a political party and a journalist," Zille told reporters in Johannesburg.

"I believe that being a member of a political party is incompatible with some professions."

Zille was speaking at the announcement of her party's prospective Parliamentary and premier candidates.

She said she was sharing her personal opinion.

Zille said she believed most journalists were politically affiliated to some parties, and this was evident through their writing.

In November, it was alleged that several journalists had submitted their names for Democratic Alliance Parliamentary candidacy.

Some names had been left off the list, which was released on Saturday, and no journalist names were on it.

The words "confidential candidate" had been placed where the omitted names would have been.

Zille said they had wanted to give these candidates a decent time period to inform their employers and serve their notices.

"Others however, may remove their names from the list," said Zille.

She said once cleared, the names of those confidential candidates would be announced.

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