Journalist collapses at ANC conference

2011-12-19 19:17

Polokwane - A journalist collapsed the ANC's Limpopo provincial elective conference, two days after he was hit with a brick, allegedly by the party's youth league members.

Limpopo-based freelancer Chester Makana collapsed on Monday as journalists interviewed newly elected provincial secretary Soviet Lekganyane at the University of Limpopo's Turfloop campus near Polokwane.

Makana was assaulted on Saturday when he went to investigate allegations of duplicate voting tags being printed at a photocopying shop, shortly before delegates picked their top five leaders.

He was hit with a brick on the head as two men, one of whom he said he could identify, stormed out of the printers on Thabo Mbeki Road, Polokwane, as he was 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.

Makana, who was attended to and taken to hospital by paramedics, said the two men grabbed his camera and destroyed his memory card before chasing him. He then went to a police station to open a case against his attackers.

Makana posed two questions to Lekganyane on Monday, who told him to "use an intelligent choice of words".

Journalists went running for water and paramedics when Makana fell.

Police confirmed a case of assault and malicious damage to property was registered at a local police station.

  • Larry - 2011-12-19 19:25

    I doubt very much whether anyone will be charged.

      Spyker - 2011-12-19 20:38

      Who edits these reports..? It is so shockingly poorly written, you are simply.., excuse the pun.., at a loss for words. Does somebody.., anybody in fact, at NEWS24 even bother to read/vet these reports..? If so, who is it - the previously-janitor-now-editor-in-chief..? I always thought I had a reasonably well developed deductive sense, well apparently not - I simply cannot grasp what it is that the author is trying to convey. There is no logical thread through the script, it starts off on a certain track and then gets lost in haphazard bytes of information, jumping from one event to the next - like the incoherent ramblings of a toddler. I am sure my dead dog will do a better job and he does not even read the news...

  • Ben - 2011-12-19 19:27

    The attack might give other people the idea that they have something to hide.

  • Thandiwe - 2011-12-19 19:37

    The PEC in Limpopo needs to be dissolved - this is appalling

  • goyougoodthing - 2011-12-19 19:41

    I can see the card carrying faithful are dispensing their usual drivel. The ANCYL are a bunch of thugs.

      Ron - 2011-12-19 19:55

      The picannins need a thrashing! It's time their elders disciplined them. They're becoming a nuisance.

      Precious - 2011-12-19 19:57

      Eish. we not thugs. We only wants work and a house and a mercedes and a jet and lots of shopping and lots of KFC. We happy peeple, not thugs. The thugs is in Cape Town at that place with the pillers where they steel our tax money. We also want some tax money. It is not fair only fat old men get some money.

      spartanx93 - 2011-12-19 20:00

      its a shame so many idolize the ANCYL though..... Only if they would wake up from their false reality and actually see what is becoming of SA.

  • ReunionofIntelligentMinds - 2011-12-19 20:00

    Precious - Did you mean Drool?

      Precious - 2011-12-19 20:05

      What is drool. Sis, afrikaners use that word drool and it is not good. When i wlk in the street they call me a groot drool. What does it meen?

      George - 2011-12-19 20:14

      When a snail follows you when you are hard at work and keeps up with you. That is what it is

  • Azande - 2011-12-19 20:26

    The way the author of this article sequence his wording is amazing...(Makana posed two questions to Lekganyane on Monday, who told him to "use an intelligent choice of words". Journalists went running for water and paramedics when Makana fell). This reminds me of the Ancestors threat of JZ.

  • Max - 2011-12-19 20:29

    @ Precious. You are not for real but atleast funny. Next time you hear someone calls you a "groot drool" you must listen more carefully, it is actually "groot d@@s" which in Afrikaans means "greetings my good friend".

      Precious - 2011-12-19 20:34

      Thank you Max for the langwich lesson. So when My President JuJu comes to Limpopo next time, I wont scream Viva, I will scream Viva Groot D@@S, Amandla and then throw my fist up like a communist!

  • MornĂ© - 2011-12-19 20:31

    Spot the {Precious} troll. Note the stereo-type profile and language. It's just too pat.

      Precious - 2011-12-19 20:43

      Eish Wena. first dese peeple call me a drool and now you call me a droll. These country is full of hate speechers. I must move next door to Comrade Mugabe and get some human rights. These place is full of Apartheid and hate speech.

      Precious - 2011-12-19 20:56

      OK. Jokes aside Morne. This is a very worrying matter. Rumours about this have now been doing the rounds everywhere. I believe the voting should be redone under strict supervision. The ANC can't allow a culture of fraud setting in when it comes to matters of voting. If they don't nip this in the bud, it will be to their own detriment, because it is blatantly clear that the party is split, but the split parties want to function under one brand name. This ridiculous because if you don't agree with your party, you form a new one. Why this laughable struggle for power of the ANC? The brand name has endured so much damage over the last 12 years, I don't understand why they don't just form a new party.

      Max - 2011-12-19 21:26

      For the fear of being devided and concured. Even the ANC realises that there is power in numbers and unity even if it goes hand in hand with inside fighting.

      Morné - 2011-12-19 21:51

      Some precious wisdom. I'm spotting a black tannie Evita.

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-19 20:48

    Mathale as a leader should have condemned the incident and his quite diplomacy shows that he condones thuggery.

  • Paul - 2011-12-19 20:51

    The highlight of the story for me was Soviet Lekganyane. What a name! Beats Tokyo any day. Think I'm gonna call myself Saint Paul of Pretoria, Patron Saint of Dithering Dutchmen.

      Irene - 2011-12-19 21:09

      His second name is probably 'Wiseman' or 'Foreman'.

  • Smanga Zwane - 2011-12-19 21:38

    He should have sought medical attention... Now he has become the story...

  • Msholozi - 2011-12-20 08:12

    you cannot take pictures of anc members for no reason you respect them they are doing valuble work and these guys want to take pictors for fabricating storys

      NrGx - 2011-12-20 10:19

      its a free country if you want to take peeecters. maybe we should try to take a peecture of you in school. Oh wait, thats a false ideal as much as this is a free country. Rather remain silent and be thought a fool, than speak and remove all doubt.

  • Thabo - 2011-12-20 14:56

    I feel sorry for what happened to journalist Makana.We wish him speedy recovery.The law must take its course,but Joe Phaahla must not use this as the complain for his loss.

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