Arrested journalist likely to appear in court this week

2010-08-05 07:28

The Sunday Times journalist arrested for fraud and defeating the ends of justice was “likely” to appear in court tomorrow, the Hawks said today.

Hawks spokesperson Musa Zondi said the journalist would appear in Kabokweni District Court in Mpumalanga.

Two others who were arrested in Nelspruit on the same case would appear today.

Sunday Times editor Ray Hartley had identified the journalist as Mzilikazi wa Afrika.

“He was arrested by a large number of policemen in an operation that was clearly designed to intimidate, and I can only conclude that this was the true motive for what took place yesterday,” said Hartley.

Hartley said Wa Afrika was one of the journalists who had worked on an article alleging that police commissioner General Bheki Cele had leased new police headquarters for R500 million without following normal tender processes.

“I hope, for the sake of our country, that he was not arrested on spurious charges in order to punish him for what he wrote,” Hartley said.

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