Sanef condemns attack, manhandling of journalists in Durban

2019-07-11 13:19
An Independent Media journalist being manhandled by eThekwini metro police outside Durban City Hall. (Screengrab, Desiree Erasmus)

An Independent Media journalist being manhandled by eThekwini metro police outside Durban City Hall. (Screengrab, Desiree Erasmus)

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

The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) has condemned the manhandling of two journalists, allegedly at the hands of Durban authorities, during a protest in support of suspended eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede.

"Sanef is very disturbed to hear about the arrest and the attack on both journalists. We call on the eThekwini municipality to investigate the matter and have the charges dropped," Sanef director Kate Skinner on Thursday.

The statement comes after Independent Media's political journalist, Sihle Mavuso, was allegedly assaulted and arrested by metro police during the protest.

Mavuso had been filming violent clashes between police and protesters, and was arrested despite the clashes taking place in public outside Durban City Hall.

He has since been released.

eNCA journalist Siphamandla Goge was also manhandled and roughed up, but was not arrested.

WATCH: Journalists manhandled, detained as Zandile Gumede supporters and police clash

Skinner said it was not the first time journalists covering matters relating to Gumede came under attack.

"At previous protests, journalists were verbally threatened by supporters. Sanef calls on the ANC leadership in KZN to take swift action against their members who disregard the role of the media and continue to attack journalists."

She said the media had an important role to play in South Africa's democracy.

"When journalists who report for public good are attacked it means the public is robbed of information and of the truth."

She said there were several channels for recourse if anyone has a grievance against a journalist or a publication/broadcast of a story.

"This includes talking to the editor of the media house, filing a complaint with the Press Ombudsman for print and online and going to the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) for broadcast complaints."

Seven people were arrested for protest action on Thursday. The group of around 500 protesters are expected to march to the ANC headquarters later on Thursday.

GET THE NEWS at your fingertips and download the News24 app for Android here now. Get it for your iPhone here.

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

- FOLLOW News24 on Twitter

Read more on:    sanef  |  durban  |  media freedom
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

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.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.