ANC slams Ficksburg footage

2011-04-18 10:45

The ANC today welcomed the arrest of six policemen accused of killing protester Andries Tatane in Ficksburg last week, but again criticised the media for broadcasting footage of his death.

“The swift action by the Independent Complaints Directorate to bring the perpetrators to book sends a good signal to all South Africans that no one – not even police officers – are above the law in this country,” said African National Congress (ANC) spokesperson Jackson Mthembu.

“This matter is now best left to our capable judiciary and other organs of state to deal with,” he said.

The ANC called on residents of the Free State town to be calm.

“During this time, we urge our people to give our judiciary a chance to effectively deal with those behind the brutal death of Mr Tatane,” Mthembu said.

He said the ANC remained opposed to the broadcasting of Tatane’s death on television, “especially taking into account the insensitivity of showing grim visuals to... viewers who included Mr Tatane’s two young children and his wife”.

“While we think exposing human rights violation constitutes good journalism, we maintain that it was editorial oversight to have shown raw, unsanitised and unedited visuals of the death of Mr Tatane without taking much consideration of the reaction from the family and other sensitive viewers, particularly the young and elderly,” said Mthembu.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


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 network.


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.