Journalists blocked from Jub Jub hearing

2010-03-17 11:29

SOME journalists have been blocked from entering the court room where hip hop artist Jub Jub and his friend appeared on murder charges in Soweto this morning.

“We were physically pushed away,” said one of the Sapa reporters at the Protea Magistrate’s Court.
Journalists from the Afrikaans daily Beeld, Talk Radio 702, the Sowetan and the Sunday World newspapers were prevented from entering Court Room 7.

“You can’t be here, just go back, go back right now,” a man wearing black pants, a pink shirt and a black tie told reporters.

The man, who refused to give his name, aggressively ordered the community police to take the journalists out.
A court official said he could not do anything because the court room was full.

Outside the court, protests continued. School pupils in their uniforms brandished sticks, tree branches and ANC flags.

The gates were locked just before 8.30am for security reasons ahead of the bail application by Jub Jub and his co-accused Themba Tshabalala.

Angry protesters banged on police vans and tried to force their way into the court premises.

A 14-year-old boy said his entire school was there to protest. “Jub Jub was a good example for us, we looked up to him but now we don’t,” he said.

By 10am the crowd had swollen to more than 1?000 people and they were singing, “leave them behind bars and throw the keys away”.

The Star newspaper reported today that ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema visited Jub Jub in prison on Monday morning, quoting several correctional services officials.

ANCYL spokesman Floyd Shivambu told Sapa he knew nothing about the visit.

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