Karima Brown vs Julius Malema: IEC waiting on EFF for answers

2019-03-20 20:38
Die 2019 verkiesing sal op 8, 15, 22 of 29 Mei volgende jaar gehou word en die finale naweek waar kiesers registreer sal aan die einde van Januarie plaasvind.

Die 2019 verkiesing sal op 8, 15, 22 of 29 Mei volgende jaar gehou word en die finale naweek waar kiesers registreer sal aan die einde van Januarie plaasvind.

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) is engaging with EFF leader Julius Malema about a complaint relating to veteran journalist Karima Brown.

"Our attorney dealing with the investigation has made contact with the EFF," said IEC chief electoral officer Sy Mamabolo about a case involving Malema posting Brown's contact details on Twitter.

This resulted in a series of threats being sent to her.

"Principles of natural justice demand that we give the person against whom an allegation is made an opportunity to hear his side of the story. The EFF has requested more time to consider their response," Mamabolo told journalists during a media briefing on Thursday.

He said the commission would analyse the matter once the report is complete.

READ: IEC probes Brown's complaint as general elections loom

Brown seemingly posted an editorial brief in an EFF media WhatsApp group after the party posted an invitation to an EFF "Breakfast With The Elderly" function held early in March.

Brown responded: "Keep an eye out for this. Who are these elders. Are they all male and how are they chosen. Keep watching brief (sic)," News24 previously reported.

Malema tweeted a screenshot of the message, accusing her of "sending moles" to the event. Her cellphone number was visible in the screenshot.

Brown said she then received rape threats from and was intimidated by EFF supporters after the tweet made her cellphone number public.

The EFF leader defended the post when he spoke to journalists at the "Breakfast with the Elderly" event. Malema said he doubted that EFF supporters were harassing Brown.

An EFF statement, which was released later, labelled Brown an "ANC operative" who was "not a real journalist".

According to the IEC's Handbook on Electoral Offences, all registered parties were bound by the Electoral Code of Conduct and had to instruct its candidates, political office bearers, members and supporters to comply with the code and any applicable electoral laws.

The code makes provision for the role of the media and parties have to ensure journalists "are not subjected to harassment, intimidation, hazard, threat or physical assault by any of their representatives or supporters".

Under prohibited conduct, it states that no party may use language or act in a way to provoke violence during an election.

The South African National Editors’ Forum and Primedia Broadcasting condemned Malema's actions as well as that of the so-called EFF supporters.

Brown also opened a case of intimidation against the EFF and its leaders at the Rosebank police station in Johannesburg, which was under investigation.

KEEP UPDATED on the latest news by subscribing to our FREE newsletter.

- FOLLOW News24 on Twitter

Read more on:    iec  |  eff  |  karima brown  |  julius malema  |  politics  |  elections 2019

Inside News24

Lockdown For
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.