IFP condemns manhandling of journalists in Durban
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The Inkata Freedom Party (IFP) condemned in strongest possible terms, the brutal actions of law-enforcement officers who assaulted, manhandled and arrested journalists during a protest outside the Durban City Hall where supporters of embattled eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede and police clashed.
The party’s Blessed Gwala says the party calls on the police to apply the same energy used in arresting journalists in fighting criminals who are terrorising and killing people.
Gwala says journalists are not criminals; they are not armed and therefore must be allowed to do their work of reporting news freely and without intimidation.
He says it is senseless for police to attack people who are only “armed” with pen, paper and a camera.