Journalists irate over lack of organisation

2007-12-16 00:00

Journalists covering the ANC’s 52nd annual conference are unhappy at the lack of preparation for the over 700-strong media contingent that is covering the conference.

Many journalists arrived at the registration centre only to find that, despite submitting their media accreditation forms weeks ago, their accreditation had not been processed.

Some waited until after midnight and still did not get their accreditation.

This resulted in a heated argument between a team of British journalists and the organisers.

By yesterday morning, scores of journalists, with less than an hour to go before ANC president Thabo Mbeki was due to give his much anticipated speech, were heading to a distant gate to be registered.

Veteran journalists who have covered previous ANC conferences said this was the worst they have experienced. Previous conferences, they say, have been very media friendly and very well organised.

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