Journalists receive apology over heavy-handed security guards

2012-06-28 00:00

THE ANC apologised profusely yesterday for the conduct of its security guards who manhandled journalists, confiscated some of their accreditation tags and even deleted a photographer’s pictures.

“It is not ANC policy that delegates are not allowed to speak to the media. We apologise profusely,” ANC head of policy Jeff Radebe said yesterday afternoon.

The incident happened around lunchtime outside the buildings in the Gallagher Convention Centre complex.

Nickolaus Bauer of the Mail & Guardian’s web team said: “We weren’t trying to interview anyone anyway. We were just looking around.”

City Press witnessed the incident, during which a security guard who works at Luthuli House manhandled six reporters and forcefully removed the tags from around their necks.

The incident happened soon after Keith Khoza briefed journalists on new security arrangements, which prohibited them from moving around certain buildings when closed sessions were in progress.

Journalists were told they would be allowed to mingle freely with delegates during the breaks.

Khoza told journalists at an earlier briefing that delegates who leaked information from closed sessions limited the debates because people felt less comfortable to speak out.

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