Cops in screaming match with editors

Johannesburg - A Sunday Times journalist has been arrested for fraud and defeating the ends of justice on Wednesday.

Hawks spokesperson Musa Zondi confirmed the journalist had been arrested and would appear in court within 48 hours.

Zondi would not name the journalist or give further details of the alleged offence.

"You'll get to hear the case when he appears in court," he said.

The Sunday Times' online publication, Times Live, has identified the journalist as Mzilikazi wa Afrika.

The Times Live reported that wa Afrika was arrested for the possession of what police claim is a fraudulent letter of resignation from Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza to President Jacob Zuma.

"Wa Afrika was seized by police who became involved in a screaming match with senior editors about whether photographers could take pictures or not," reported Times Live.

Wa Afrika was one of the journalists who worked on the article about police commissioner General Bheki Cele having allegedly improperly purchasing a new building for police headquarters at a cost of R500m.

The Hawks have also told News24 that one other person was arrested in Mpumalanga on Tuesday. The man, who is not a journalist, was also charged with fraud and defeating the ends of justice.
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