Journalist assaulted in Polokwane

2011-12-18 07:27

Polokwane - A photojournalist was assaulted on the sidelines of the elective conference in Polokwane when he went to investigate the alleged printing of duplicate voting tags by ANC Youth League members on Saturday.

Freelance journalist Chester Makana told Sapa he was hit with a brick on the head as two men, one of whom he said he can identify, stormed out of the printers on Thabo Mbeki road, forcing him to stop taking pictures.

"They came out and asked why I was taking pictures. Then they started attacking me. It was bad," said Makana whose bruised head was evidence of the attack.

He had been tipped off about the alleged duplication printings as delegates sat in closed sessions, which would culminate in the election of leaders in a heated battle that sets the foundation for the ANC elective conference in Mangaung next year.

Contesting for the position of provincial chairperson is the incumbent, Cassel Mathale - who is also the Limpopo premier - and Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture Joe Phaahla.

Makana said the two men grabbed his camera and destroyed his memory card before chasing him away around 16:00.

He then went to a police station to open a case against his attackers.

Provincial police spokesperson Hangwana Mulaudzi confirmed that a case of assault and malicious damage to property was registered at a police station.

"We've already identified the perpetrators and are looking for them. We will find them and they will be arrested," said Mulaudzi.

ANC provincial spokesperson David Masondo said he was made aware of the incident and that internal investigations were underway.

"We take this very seriously. If the person(s) concerned are found guilty by the internal disciplinary committee, we will act decisively," said Masondo.

"We appreciate the fact that the journalist opened a case. We will let the law take its own course."

The Independent Electoral Commission had started printing out ballots just after 23:00, with delegates expected to start voting for their top five as soon as that process is done.

Results were expected to be announced on Sunday morning.

  • PaasHaas - 2011-12-18 07:35

    An African solution to an African problem

      Terry - 2011-12-18 10:20

      yeah - cheat to win the election!

      Sean - 2011-12-18 15:47

      It amazes me how the intelligence suddenly kicks in when it comes to doing corrupt things , eish !

      John - 2011-12-18 17:00

      to the tune of Mfana Malema, Jesus loves you, Malema, Your mother loves you, Malema, Your father loves, Repent, Mampara, repent, Repent, Ignorant, repent, Repent, Negligent, repent, Repent, Liar, repent, Repent, Thief, repent, Repent, Baby Killer, repent, Repent, Genocider, repent! Okai, stop the bus, how can you say all that? Lets have a look: Malema is Ignorant that the Failed Communist Countries like the USSR, China, Vietnam, Cuba, etc, employed Central Control Economies ( CCE ), with full and total nationalisation. Negligent - as the head of an organization, it is his duty to be fully informed of the economic history of total disasters of CCE. He does not know that Gorbachov announced reforms away from nationalization – in the early 1980’s! He is a Liar, because these are not his ideas, these ideas have been around for over 100 years. Thief, he has stolen the PEOPLES money – that is how bribery and corruption works. Baby Killer, as a member of the ANC – Abortion Murder Genocide, is guilty of the Genocide of 800 000 black babies in government hospitals! Genocider, as a member of the ANC – Abortion Murder Genocide, is guilty of the Genocide of 5 Million Aids sufferers which were refused medication. Repent, Manpara, Repent!

  • dave.j.colquhoun - 2011-12-18 07:41

    This is typical ZANU PF tactics. Seems as if Mugabe has definitely rubbed off on the ANCYL. Future tragedy for SA

      boby.mafi - 2011-12-18 10:18

      ...and its starting in the province bordering Zimbabwe.Malema and much of his provincial cadres have been heavily Zanunized. Indeed SA needs to be wary about this development and nip it in the bud.

  • Yar - 2011-12-18 07:51

    Time to disband the ANCYL. It is anti-democratic, dishonest and corrupt. Why should a group of overgrown children with no brains have so much influence and funding outside of the main ANC caucus. What is the purpose?

      Sean - 2011-12-18 15:48

      @ Yar , agree with you . ANCYL is worth nothing , all they good at is corrupting the ``youth``

  • John - 2011-12-18 07:52

    And the ANC will investigate it themselves.... Yea right. Depends which side of the fence the voting falls.

  • pws69 - 2011-12-18 08:00

    "I did not join the struggle to be poor". If this is what the ANC are prepared to do in internal voting to ensure the "right" people remain at the feeding trough, we need to ensure that independent people maintain a close eye on provincial and national elections. The current system works, because each party has election monitors at the various voting stations, and they independently verify the results. Make sure you volunteer as a party monitor in 2014. Just two days of your life every 2,5 years (Local and national elections - averaged out) is not a lot to ask to ensure democracy prevails. You have to be a party member to do this. The DA membership fee it R10 a year. Not sure what the others are.

  • pws69 - 2011-12-18 08:00

    I wonder what the IEC charges to manage these types of elections.

      Stirer - 2011-12-18 08:26

      The IEC manages national and provincial elections - these are run by the party.

      pws69 - 2011-12-18 08:55

      @Stirer, "The Independent Electoral Commission had started printing out ballots just after 23:00, with delegates expected to start voting for their top five as soon as that process is done." I read it as IEC, not an internal ANC function. Am I confused?

  • etienne.human - 2011-12-18 08:13

    African politics ... why should we be different??? What the hell is democracy anyway? And the recent gagging of the press is being left for interpretation by Zuma and his cronies ... let the masses take it away boys!

  • Vegi - 2011-12-18 08:17

    If a person is hit with a brick on the head, how come he sustained only a bruise? Don't believe everything you are told.

      Yar - 2011-12-18 08:40

      There you go again Veg. Arguing with the evidence. Please absorb the following rules: 1 Don't lie 2 Don't cheat 3 Don't print duplicate voting ballots 4 Don't assault people 5 Don't get upset when you are caught cheeting Don't disbelieve everything you don't like.

      Garth - 2011-12-18 09:53

      vegi - moss - same person? Definitely same vacuousness to their heads. You, first and foremost, should be be party to all the jokes, with regard to the density of the skull bones of . . . And, do you know why we believe him? Because he is investigating that criminal organisation, the ancyl. He has to be on the path of the righteous!

  • Moss - 2011-12-18 08:48

    Amazing how Freedom of speech works at NEWS24, If you don't agree with me don't delete my comments!!! You already applying secrecy bill on individuals but you don't want the same applying to you haa. VIVA ANC

      Susanna - 2011-12-18 09:00

      My reply to you was deleted as well. If you don't mind, please list the positive things you are professing. You said they should have hit him harder...that's not nice. Also it's not nice to promote violence.

      Moss - 2011-12-18 09:07

      thanks Susanna, you are correct hence people should not take the comments seriously because everyone is trying to project their view which might be wrong. You are welcome dear!

      Gail - 2011-12-18 10:32

      Garth when pointing a finger and casting stones at others remember that there are 4 fingers pointing back at you. For every person who calls another by a bad name there is a person who is himself guilty of that same offence.

      Garth - 2011-12-18 11:03

      Gail, a person who points with a single finger is someone unsure of themselves or overbearingly arrogant. Use the entire hand, held blade flat, all four fingers and thumb indicating the direction or the object. And, I don't know about you, but I only have four fingers on each hand, so if one of them was pointing . . .

      makesuthink - 2011-12-19 10:48

      @ Gail I want you to try and point a finger at somebody and then count the number of fingers pointing back at you oh Dear there is only three because your thumb cannot point back to you

  • humphrey.s.mbothwe - 2011-12-18 09:05

    That is very bad, this culture of rioting, mob, corruption and manipulation of votes need to be abolished. ANC leaders need to unite and take decisive action against these arrogant thieves, they are extremely embarrassment to the ANC let alone to us black people. Action need to be taken against leaders that defend these thugs (Winnie, Mbalula and Tokyo) because they are weakening the disciplinary processes of the organisation and leadership. If some members are charged for violating the constitution of the organisation how can you defend them if you claim to be a member in good standing. Wake people the struggle for freedom must not be taken for granted.

  • Matthew Patrick - 2011-12-18 10:35

    I suppose it is naive of us (myself included) to think that it doesn't happen in SA. And the unemployed youth want these corrupt hooligans to run the mines? P.S. Deleting fair comment goes against the very fabric of journalism. My comments yesterday contained no swearing, racism or sexism and if you don't agree with them or can't take criticism (for yesterday's horrible editing) then maybe it's time for a career change.

  • Matthew Patrick - 2011-12-18 10:39

    Garth, although I don't agree with you insulting Moss for his comment it did make me laugh out loud!!

      Garth - 2011-12-18 11:05

      Thanks, that was the intention.

  • Mpho Ndlovu - 2011-12-18 11:07

    Tjo! This journo must be a super something, hit with a brick on the head n just walked to the cop shop? Or was it a rama brick? Even that wuld hev stunned the avarage journo 4 hours. If u dont believe me try it now have sm1 hit u with it.

      yummyhamster - 2011-12-18 12:32

      Mpho .. you make it sound like you have done the brick thing yourself to other people ? This is a lawless land.....

  • jack.oosthuysen - 2011-12-18 12:10

    Voting in Africa is a timewaster.

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-18 13:04

    When politicians become intolerent, it's just a simple sign of autocracy in the making. Those people are paid a lot of money to be intolerant. I still wander why we vote in Africa as it is just a matter of formality.

  • TawwaTienie - 2011-12-18 13:16

    And just maybe it is not the only place of "extra votes" at elections. Wonder why they are doing it, scared to face the truth?

  • Sboh - 2011-12-18 16:11

    This Country is so screwed. When I grew up as a black person I had never met the so called African brothers by the other mothers and Asian brothers by the Asian mothers. I also did not know much about drugs except for Marijuana. After seeing more and more Nigerians and chines descending on our land there has been an increase in the number of South African Women getting detained abroad for drug trafficking. I am not being xenophobic but I really think the stupid government is really screwing this country up. Remember that it is not easy for an uneducated South African to go job hunting in another country but here we have many Zimbabweans and Nigierians and Chines who are only here for job seeking purposes. I strongly believe the arrest of Sherryl Cwele was nothing as I believe that there is somebody at a higher position involved in drug dealing, may be her husband. The ANC has distroyed our once beautiful country finish and klaar.To the nearest Hell with the ANC.

  • Jonathan - 2011-12-20 14:39

    Paashaas, we should just hang in there for a while longer. The problem will sort itself out. Aids and the taxi drivers are taking care of the problem as we speak. They are literally screwing themself to death and those that don't, the taxi drivers takes out 6-10 at a time.

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