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COSATU condemns the intimidation and harassment of journalist at the ANC 54th National Conference
The Congress of South African Trade Unions is deeply disappointed and totally condemns the manhandling of journalists by over eager security personnel at the ANC 54th National Conference in Nasrec. This regrettable act of thuggery should be nipped in the bud and the perpetrators held accountable. Journalists are workers too and they should not be intimidated or forced to work in a climate of fear.
We commend the ANC Communications team for their swift response but we demand more to be done to ensure that the rights of journalists are respected. This conference should be about the restoration of unity of the ANC and the rehabilitation of its image ,and these over the top acts of intimidation and harassment create a wrong impression about our ANC. The ANC should not allow few over exuberant people to paint the whole organisation as a paranoid entity run by an unaccountable caste operating on the fringes of the law. The ANC is the leader of society and it should set an example through it actions.
Issued by COSATU
Sizwe Pamla (Cosatu National Spokesperson)
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