Media, police face off at ANC conference

2012-06-27 15:27

Johannesburg - The media and the police faced-off over access to ANC delegates at the party's national policy conference on Wednesday morning.

ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza told reporters they had to stay away from the conference hall while commissions were sitting, but could speak to delegates during tea and lunch breaks.

During the lunch break, police walked up to reporters and photographers from various media houses and confiscated their accreditation tags.

Photographers from the Daily Sun and the Mail & Guardian had their cameras taken away.

Khoza was negotiating with the police to try and get accreditation tags and cameras returned.

  • marcus.daily3 - 2012-06-27 15:32

    "Remove the control of the police from the political arena" Nelson Mandela to George Fivaz.

      Steve - 2012-06-27 16:22

      @ Alicia. And watch out for flying chairs. This is just the first day. - 2012-06-27 16:29

      No what is happening here is they want to have their damn conspiracy meetings away from the media and then we are gonna get the bombshell when the truth about what was said there comes out. Just another example of the cANCer trying to hide their schemes and lies. I say F@#$ck this government they are busy with back stabbing and lies as always.

      makenawn - 2012-06-27 16:33

      One of the pillars of democracy is free and fair media, those hot heads at the conference need to understand that. As for the police backoff from politics

      Richard - 2012-06-27 17:22

      What article are you reading?? It specifically says, in the article: "ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza told reporters they had to stay away from the conference hall while commissions were sitting, but could speak to delegates during tea and lunch breaks. During the lunch break, police walked up to reporters and photographers from various media houses and confiscated their accreditation tags." The statement makes sense because it would be disruptive to the conference if the media were allowed to interview delegates during session. How on earth does the overzealous police action sudden become the ANC's fault??? Now that's really grasping at straws to demonise the ANC... You can't possibly compare the ANC to the Nats. For those who remember, none of you would even be able to make any of these comments under the Nationalist party, otherwise you would have got a visit from a Spyker van Wyk ....

      emile.vanrayner.7 - 2012-06-27 20:11

      @richard - yeah people are reading too much into this. i dislike the anc as much as the next guy, but i try to be fair in my criticism nontheless

      russell.w.wright.5 - 2012-06-28 06:48

      How does over zealous action by the police become the ANC's fault? Uh?.....they work for the ANC? They do the bidding of their bosses. Don't be so naive Richard. Can't compare the ANC to the Nats?.....even when the ANC does the same sort of thing the Nats did? Did the Nats not try to intimidate journalists and photographers? Did the Nats not confiscate cameras and film? For those of us who remember Richard it sure as hell looks like the Nats revisited.

  • crazyjourno - 2012-06-27 15:34

    And so it starts....

  • Tommo - 2012-06-27 15:36

    You can just imagine what BBC and CNN are going to say about this!! So much for free press and freedom of speach. Big mistake ANC

      barbara.a.hirschfeld - 2012-06-27 17:09

      Nothing... they don't give South African problems any consideration.

      Justin.D.Glenn - 2012-06-27 17:10

      Problem is ANC don't give a damm what people think.

      Tommo - 2012-06-27 17:13

      @ Barbara. Oh yes they do. Watched it all in detail on BBC last night. We go down, Africa goes down. That's why we are important

  • DrGonzoSA - 2012-06-27 15:39

    Apartheid era tactics

  • cyanideandhappiness - 2012-06-27 15:40

    How very Nazi of them!

      Richard - 2012-06-27 17:30

      This is a callous statement. If you really and truly believe this is equivalent to what the Nazis did, then, with a cold chill, I suggest you leave SA today.. Because you are probably insulting the memory of Jews and others who suffered under the Nazis, and the terrible fate they faced under the Nazis... Or maybe you know absolutely nothing about that era...

      Grant - 2012-06-27 18:42

      @Richard - I'm sure the Jews of the world would not like people to have to suffer as they did. I'm sure that they are happy when they see rising dictators squashed. Just not sure what the ANC-voting-Jews think...

      russell.w.wright.5 - 2012-06-28 06:50

      Perhaps the Jews might see some parallels Richard? The only callousness I see is the refusal to see what is really happening in S.A.

  • dewalds3 - 2012-06-27 15:40

    Beeeg mistake!!! Ask the NP.....

  • Billy - 2012-06-27 15:44

    police acting as henchmen again communists and nazis did this too, oh and the NP, etc.etc. nice to know you act like these people anc, nice and public too.

      Richard - 2012-06-27 17:34

      Pretty much the same callous statement. If you really and truly believe this is equivalent to what the Nazis did, then I suggest you leave SA today.. Because you are probably insulting the memory of Jews and others who suffered under the Nazis, and the terrible fate they faced under the Nazis... As for the Nationalist party, you would not even have dared make such a comment, otherwise you would have got a visit from the security police aparatus....

      Grant - 2012-06-27 18:45

      @Richard - do you honestly, deep down in your heart, believe that the ANC are any better than the apartheid era government? If so, do you honestly not see all the similarities in tactics? Do yourself one MASSIVE favour. Read Georg Orwell's "Animal Farm", and learn a thing or two about how these things play out. Alternatively, just pop across to Zim, and try live there for a couple years...because guess what? Its coming to SA!!!

      russell.w.wright.5 - 2012-06-28 07:05

      Richard... Oh... Richard take off your blindfold, your blinkers and see the political lanscape for what it is. An illusion. What started out as a social revolution has become corrupted....has become an illusion. The revolution is long ago corrupted by greed, nepotism, cronyism, nationalism and every other type of "ism" you can think of. Evaluate all you like my friend it all shakes out the same way. Unless of course you're a proponent of outcomes based education?... You mention corruption as if it's just a minor glitch and no big deal when in fact the entire ANC structure is rotten from top to bottom. Dear sweet, naive, deluded Richard... wake up and see the spear aimed at your meant heart of course.

      Richard - 2012-06-28 11:28

      Dear sweet jaded Russel, argue with some facts..There are definitely issues with outcomes based education, and crime and corruption are serious issues. But, in the SA you love to hate, the ANC govt produced 17 consecutive quarters of economic growth post 1994 until the 2008 global downswing; According to the Open Budget Index 2010, South Africa has the most transparent budget in the world; South Africa ranks 28th out of 167 countries surveyed in the 2011 Democracy Index, compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit, ahead of France, Italy, Greece and all of the other BRICS countries; ranks South Africa as the 43rd most democratic country in 2011; In the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Survey of Democratic Freedom, South Africa ranks 31st out of 184 countries; According to the Global Competitiveness Report 2010/11, South Africa has the 34th most efficient government out of the 139 countries ranked; ranks South Africa as the 47th least corrupt nation out of 150 nations surveyed in 2011, ahead of Italy, Greece and all the other BRICS nations; Transparency International ranks South Africa 64th out of 150 countries in its corruption perception index 2011; I'm just taking issue with people whose views are totally one-sided... about the ANC and SA

  • maama.bujju - 2012-06-27 15:45

    if u loot at rebelled countries how they start thata abenchmark look at libya,egyptt,syria,siera-leone,angola,liberia etc all african countries that have ploitical problems start like this the next step is to setup curfew whereby no movements aftr 7:00 pm the it will be the downfall of ANC/SouthAfrica good style....

  • Zeezoh - 2012-06-27 15:45

    good decision by the ANC, media has a tendency of rubbishing then constructive reporting ,alwayz focussing on negetives

      nrgx.nrg - 2012-06-27 15:48

      and what would the positive be?

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-06-27 15:53

      Well if there's nothing positive or constructive to report what the hell must they do?

      Billy - 2012-06-27 15:54

      if you are doing nothing wrong you have nothing to hide. plain and simple.

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-06-27 15:58

      Agreed Zeeezoh,

      Billy - 2012-06-27 16:12

      victor and zeezoh, remember in school the kid that misbehaved always got into trouble from the teacher. its not because the teacher is picking on him, its because the naughty child is causing problems. understand the comparison?

      darryl.maze1 - 2012-06-27 16:13

      they focus on the negetives cause thats all the ANC has. There is not one positive thing the ANC can do. They cant even start on time at there own conference.

      adriaan.dutoit.3 - 2012-06-27 16:18

      And how is denying them access to the truth helping?

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-06-27 16:28

      What are you on about Billy ?? I agree that Media in this country along with some organisations are hindering our Transformation. This is inevitable...The Second Transition..........ViVa ANC.

      Billy - 2012-06-27 16:36

      victor, i am on about you and zeezoh misunderstanding the situation. the media tell us what is happening, that is all, they are words. the media has no power compared to the anc. your anc is hindernig our countries transformation. the anc has the power to make a change, but they dont, they keep telling you its white, apartheid or media. the white are few the media is words apartheid is 18 years ago the anc is fooling you.

      steve.gibson.146612 - 2012-06-27 17:18

      "Don't buy ANC don't buy"

  • Gavin - 2012-06-27 15:45

    do you honestly believe that what we have here in SA under the ANC is democracy ????

      Richard - 2012-06-27 17:35

      Gavin, I do, because you are still able to make your comment, pose the question, even if it is a ridiculous question...

      Grant - 2012-06-27 18:47

      @Richard - just wondering if you ALSO believe that what they have over in Zim is also a democracy?

      russell.w.wright.5 - 2012-06-28 07:10

      Richard?... the only reason we still can is because it doesn't make any difference to the ANC... politically speaking. If it did?...then you could bet your sweet, deluded, butt they would shut it down faster than a rat down a drainhole.

  • almeleh - 2012-06-27 15:50

    Nazi tactics.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-06-27 15:52

    There we go - once again the true colours revealed of this gorilla freedom party who call themselves a government. Pathetic little despots.

  • jan.human - 2012-06-27 15:54

    Viva press freedom!!!!Viva!!!

  • whyeti - 2012-06-27 15:55

    Gallagher Estate now a police (e)state.

  • Mark - 2012-06-27 15:55

    The police are supposed to be out defending the citizenry; not playing security guards and bully boys to a petty political party's gathering. If the ANC losers really think they need protection from the 'evil' media - let them hire a security firm. How disgraceful.

      ThinkingChick - 2012-06-27 16:02

      You are so right. This is an abuse of taxpayers money - again.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-06-27 16:04


  • scouter.fourone - 2012-06-27 15:55

    In my experience, the press tend to have quite long memories. Good luck ANC the next time you have need of some urgent positive coverage ....... which won't be too long judging by the way you are mismanaging this event.

  • Tiaan Liebenberg - 2012-06-27 15:58

    What else - the police has been in the back pocket of the ruling cANCer for very long. They will intimidate anyone that threatens their underhand bonus!!!

  • frans.vanderpoll - 2012-06-27 16:07

    The ANseenothing yet is exercising FREE-DOM of association by taking away FREE-DOM of the press.

  • Richard Laros - 2012-06-27 16:20

    I just drive past Gallagher this afternoon and had to witness one of ladies in blue finish her food and toss the paper onto the pavement in the company about three other policemen. What a disgusting pig! Great example to the country and an indication if the respect she has for her uniform and the laws she has pledged to uphold. And all her fellow officers are equally disgusting in their failure to do a damn thing about it. Hopefully the new police commissioner will weed out this element of filth from the SAPS

      Mbavhalelo - 2012-06-27 17:08

      I also saw de same thing, a female white police officer just littered der and a black male police just stood behind de van and urinate, de police chief must get rid of all dis ppl dey lack discipline

  • lynn.syme.1 - 2012-06-27 16:22


      Trevor - 2012-06-27 17:11

      They are to dumb to be mafiosa, mafiosa at least have a plan, and will execute it. The ANC don't have, won"t have, and will never have a plan.

  • ngoako.mathekga - 2012-06-27 16:41

    So we can conclude that there's no media freedom and ANC must stop complaining about speculations.

  • Andre - 2012-06-27 16:49

    "We fought for a free and democratic South Africa". What a load of bullsh@t!!

      Mbavhalelo - 2012-06-27 17:02

      Andre u are a bitter man, u cannot even see good things shame on u

      Billy - 2012-06-27 17:15

      i think he might have been refering to the democratic part. right now the anc is all out communist. our democracy is a scam

      Mbavhalelo - 2012-06-27 17:28

      Remember de hated Julias Malema said president JZ is a dictator. Check it de police department is now a police force not a police service dey shoot protestors 2 kill. Viva ANC and away with Zuma

      royden.roman - 2012-06-27 18:03

      The latest research indates that the Anc of today is equivelant to a chicken believing and which has a prosperious future at Kfc, Chicken licken and Nando's.

  • Mluleki Bezana - 2012-06-27 16:57

    what are they hiding now all of a sudden? we want to know

  • leonard.vanvuuren.1 - 2012-06-27 17:10

    But they have to give the spin doctors a chance of spinning the truth to make it sound better to the public ear. \r\nBehind the scenes they're planning the 'problem, reaction, solution-scenario'

  • ben.engelbrecht - 2012-06-27 17:11

    So much for freedom of the press...

  • sizwe.bwana - 2012-06-27 17:34

    Verwoed would be proud

  • thenga.pfananani - 2012-06-27 17:38

    Anc of today is like of that party of apartheid era

  • silindile.mabaso.9 - 2012-06-27 22:55

    I often wonder if commentators even bother to read the article before spewing nonsense. It CLEARLY states that the police confiscated the tags and that the ANC is trying to get them back for the press... Clearly apartheid education was rubbish for all races.

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