Sanef condemns alleged harassment of eNCA reporters at EFF protest

EFF protesters picketing in Tokai, Cape Town 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 protecting a protest in Tokai.
  • The EFF dismissed the allegations, saying they didn’t “physically touch” the journalists.

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

The journalists have been protecting a protest in Tokai, Cape Town.

According to Sanef, the supporters harassed and prevented eNCA journalists from protecting 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 staff.

“They were told to leave, and one supporter even threatened them with a sjambok, while another is heard saying ‘we gonna teach you all a good lesson’.”

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

“It’s just unfortunate that there were a lot of people speaking at the same time, but we did not physically touch any journalist from eNCA,” Xego mentioned.

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

“We can’t force them not to attend our protests and pressers, but we will not 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 coloured children are picking from”.

According to Kasibe, the tree was allegedly poisoned after a neighbouring home-owner requested that or not it’s reduce to forestall “unwanted people in the area”.

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

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

“The media is an essential cog in the promotion of democracy. It acts as a mirror to society and, as such, is open to listening to – and publicising – all points of view. Political formations that are, in any sense, democratic, should engage with – and not abuse and shun – the media.”

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