Journo insists that ANC leader incited burning of newspaper offices

2011-05-25 10:24

Another news report has confirmed that ANC’s Nelson Mandela Bay regional chairperson, Nceba Faku, incited party supporters to burn down the offices of The Herald newspaper.

A report in the Cape Argus newspaper said Faku accused the paper of trying to destroy the ANC in the region.

“The battle is between the ANC and the media. The primary battle in this democracy is against the media. Burn Herald burn, passop (beware) Herald passop!” the paper quoted him as saying.

Faku was addressing an ANC victory rally after the party retained the hotly contested metro.

Independent Newspapers political correspondent Andisiwe Makinana told City Press that Faku “definitely” uttered those words.

“He did not say it in passing; he was calling on people to burn down The Herald. He said it in Xhosa and English,” she said.

She said she had also witnessed some ANC supporters shaking their heads in response to the call.

But Faku has denied he ever said those words.

In an open letter to The Herald, he said he would have not made such a call as it would be against the Constitution and ANC’s policies.

The ANC is investigating the matter. The ANC leadership in Eastern Cape said Faku would have to apologise and retract his controversial statement if it could be proved he actually made the controversial remarks.

The South African National Editors’ Forum has demanded that the ANC institute disciplinary action against Faku.

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