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Sanef condemns alleged harassment of eNCA reporters at EFF protest

EFF protesters picketing in Tokai, Cape City amid racism allegations.

PHOTO: Twitter/EFF Western Cape

  • Sanef condemned the intimidation of eNCA journalists, allegedly by EFF supporters.
  • The journalists have been allegedly harassed and prevented  from overlaying a protest in Tokai.
  • The EFF dismissed the allegations, saying they didn’t “bodily contact” the journalists.

The South African Nationwide Editors’ Discussion board (Sanef) has strongly condemned the illegal intimidation of eNCA journalists, allegedly by EFF supporters.

The journalists have been overlaying a protest in Tokai, Cape City.

Based on Sanef, the supporters harassed and prevented eNCA journalists from overlaying the protest on Thursday.

The physique mentioned in an announcement:

We imagine that the deplorable actions of intimidation in opposition to eNCA anchor Ayesha Ismail and cameraman Mario Pedro have extreme implications for journalism. A video circulating on social media reveals the threats being made to the eNCA group.

“They have been advised to go away, and one supporter even threatened them with a sjambok, whereas one other is heard saying ‘we gonna train you all a superb lesson’.”

Nevertheless, Western Cape EFF chairperson, Melikhaya Xego, dismissed Sanef’s claims, saying they didn’t intimidate anybody.

“It is simply unlucky that there have been lots of people talking on the identical time, however we didn’t bodily contact any journalist from eNCA,” Xego mentioned.

He added that that they had determined they have been going to “humble” the media home after eNCA journalists determined to not cowl their nationwide meeting convention.

“We will not power them to not attend our protests and pressers, however we won’t give them any interviews,” added Xego.

Earlier on Thursday, EFF spokesperson, Wandile Kasibe, mentioned their supporters have been protesting in opposition to the alleged poisoning of a fruit tree, from which “black and colored youngsters are choosing from”.

Based on Kasibe, the tree was allegedly poisoned after a neighbouring house owner requested that or not it’s reduce to forestall “undesirable individuals within the space”.

ALSO READ | EFF cries racism over poisoned tree in Cape City suburb

Sanef mentioned the EFF’s hostility in the direction of eNCA dates again to December 2019 when the social gathering declared that the Every day Maverick, their investigative unit, Scorpio, and unbiased investigative journalism unit, amaBhungane, would not be “allowed” to cowl its occasions or briefings.

The physique referred to as on the management of the EFF, as a political social gathering in a parliamentary democracy, to sentence such behaviour. 

“The media is a vital cog within the promotion of democracy. It acts as a mirror to society and, as such, is open to listening to – and publicising – all factors of view. Political formations which might be, in any sense, democratic, ought to interact with – and never abuse and shun – the media.”

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