The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) on Wednesday condemned the manhandling of journalists by supporters of eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede when she appeared in the Durban Commercial Crimes Court and police’s unwillingness to protect the media

SANEF said that it would take the matter up with the court because what happened was a violation of the principle of open justice.

The media body said that supporters of the mayor, who faces corruption charges, threatened the media after proceedings adjourned.

According to reporter Kaveel Singh, he was pushed, shoved and elbowed and that the mayor’s supporters physically blocked him, and fellow journalists, from taking pictures of Gumede as she left the court building.

“However, what was even more problematic was that police sided with her supporters”, SANEF quoted Singh as saying.

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SANEF said that police had a duty to ensure that journalists could do their work without interference.

South Africa – Durban – 14 May 2019 – eThekwini Mayor, Zandile Gumede supporters made a dramatic appearance in the Durban Commercial Crime Court on Tuesday the 14 May 2019. Gumede faces charges of fraud, corruption and racketeering. The charges relate to a dodgy R208 million tender within the Durban Solid Waste (DSW) department that earlier this month saw nine people arrested including DSW deputy head, Robert Abbu and the city’s supply chain manager, Sandile Ngcobo – for fraud relating to the same tender.
Picture: MotshwarI Mofokeng/African News Agency(ANA)

“SANEF believes that these restrictions on the media undermined the constitutional principle of ‘open justice’. This is a principle that calls for court proceedings to be open to the public – this includes allowing journalists to film and take pictures outside the court, during breaks and when formal proceedings have adjourned.

South Africa – Durban – 14 May 2019 – eThekwini Mayor, Zandile Gumede supporters made a dramatic appearance in the Durban Commercial Crime Court on Tuesday the 14 May 2019. Gumede faces charges of fraud, corruption and racketeering. The charges relate to a dodgy R208 million tender within the Durban Solid Waste (DSW) department that earlier this month saw nine people arrested including DSW deputy head, Robert Abbu and the city’s supply chain manager, Sandile Ngcobo – for fraud relating to the same tender.
Picture: MotshwarI Mofokeng/African News Agency(ANA)

“SANEF will be taking up the matter with the Commercial Crimes Court.”

Gumede was granted bail of R50 000 bail. The charges against her relate to a R208m tender with the Durban Solid Waste Department.

South Africa – Durban – 14 May 2019 – eThekwini Mayor, Zandile Gumede supporters made a dramatic appearance in the Durban Commercial Crime Court on Tuesday the 14 May 2019. Gumede faces charges of fraud, corruption and racketeering. The charges relate to a dodgy R208 million tender within the Durban Solid Waste (DSW) department that earlier this month saw nine people arrested including DSW deputy head, Robert Abbu and the city’s supply chain manager, Sandile Ngcobo – for fraud relating to the same tender.
Picture: MotshwarI Mofokeng/African News Agency(ANA)

 

South Africa – Durban – 14 May 2019 – eThekwini Mayor, Zandile Gumede supporters made a dramatic appearance in the Durban Commercial Crime Court on Tuesday the 14 May 2019. Gumede faces charges of fraud, corruption and racketeering. The charges relate to a dodgy R208 million tender within the Durban Solid Waste (DSW) department that earlier this month saw nine people arrested including DSW deputy head, Robert Abbu and the city’s supply chain manager, Sandile Ngcobo – for fraud relating to the same tender.
Picture: MotshwarI Mofokeng/African News Agency(ANA)

 

Author: ANA Newswire