KZN MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Sipho Hlomuka has expressed his concerns at the alleged violence which led to the ill-treatment and man handling of journalists during a protest outside eThekwini City Hall
“We condemn the violence and heavy handedness in dealing with journalists. The right to protest is enshrined in the Constitution, however, it must be exercised without infringing on the right of others. Equally so, Media freedom is a right entrenched in the constitution of the country and journalists play a critical role in holding the sphere of local government accountable and should be able to conduct their work without any fear or favour” said Hlomuka.
Hlomuka has tasked officials within the department to provide him with a detailed report on this matter.
For more information contact: KZN Cogta spokespersons Lennox Mabaso, 082 884 2403; or Senzelwe Mzila, 082 474 1882