Saturday, April 25, 2015

R2K rejects internet censorship and Film and Publications Board’s Oneline Regulations

Jaimie-faith Poonah
25 April 2015

The Right2Know campaign will next week be protesting in rejection of the Film and Publications Board’s Online Regulations and internet censorship.

The FPB said its draft policy on censoring the internet is raising important questions about the extent of government’s restriction when it comes to freedom of expression.

R2K has called for the scrapping on the Draft Online Regulation Policy document which was gazetted on Wednesday the 4th of March this year.

R2K’s Micah Reddy said basically what the board is asking for, is to expose a regime of prior censorship.

“Any publisher would have to first classify all information, all content for publication.” Reddy said.

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EE calls on Minister Motshekga to answer on NEE and DU

Jaimie-faith Poonah
25 April 2015

Equal Education is demanding that Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga provide answers on the leaked National Education Evaluation and Development Unit.

EE has also expressed its concern that the report was not made public in 2013.

The report has found that primary schools are failing to equip learners with basic literacy and numeracy skills.

EE Deputy General Secretary Doron Isaacs said this report shows that children in primary schools and rural areas are reading at levels far behind where they supposed to and raises some of the real problems that underlie the poor reading ability in rural children.

Isaacs said it is very concerning what the report contains and equally concerning that Minister Motshekga suppressed it for so long.


“As Equal Education we want the minister to explain why she did this.” Isaac added.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

SATAWU welcomes the resignation of SAA CEO

Mbasa Gqokoma

24 April 2015

The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union said the resignation of South African Airways CEO Monwabisi Kalawe is a welcomed hope that the company will be led into safe and visionary hands.

Kalawe resigned this morning with immediate effect. This is after he was suspended last year pending the completion of an investigation into allegations of misconduct.

Satawu’s Refiloe Lepere says “we are very thrilled that he has decided to throw in the towel and not continue to stop his disciplinary hearing and overturn his suspension.

Lepere added tha “It must be noted that we know Kalawe is never a friend of the trade union, until therefore this resignation seems like a good contribution to our transformation and turn around strategy at SAA.

We hope that the Minister of Public Enterprise Lyne Brown can articulate the clear turnaround strategy for the airline in order to bring it back to its proper functionality, Lepere added.

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Office of the President clarifies incorrect reports by media

Mbasa Gqokoma
24 April 2015

The Presidency has clarified incorrect reports regarding the appointment of Glen Mashinini.

On Thursday the presidency appointed Mashinini as a member of the Independent Electoral Commission and not as the head, chief or chairperson‎ of the IEC as the media has been reporting.

The position of IEC head is still vacant after the resignation of former Chairperson Pansy Tlakula, following Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's release of a damning report against Tlakula.

Presidential Spokesperson Mac Maharaj says “the majority of the media houses have reported that Glen Mashinini has been appointed as the head, chief or chairperson of the IEC which was not contained in the statement and is incorrect.

Maharaj added that president Jacob Zuma has not appointed a chairperson of the IEC.

Mr Mashinini will join the body as an ordinary commissioner or member at the 1st of May 2015, Maharaj added. 

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YCLSA calling for the expulsion of Israeli ambassador

Lusanda Bill
24 April 2015

The Young Communist League of South Africa said the denial by the Israeli government to grant Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande a visa to travel to Palestine is a spit in the face of the South African government.

Minister Nzimande trip was a follow-up visit on promoting research collaboration between the University of Johannesburg and institutions in Palestine.

YCLSA National Spokesperson Khaya Xaba said on top of the disaster they performed in Palestine they still want to block education relationship between SA and Palestine.

“So we feel that our government should expel the ambassador of Israel Arthur Lenk and he must go back home immediately” Xaba added.

Meanwhile the department said they view this as an attack on the country’s government.

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Train service in Mbekweni suspended following violent protest

Lusanda Bill
24 April 2015

Metrorail in the Western Cape said its services at Mbekweni is still suspended as the train station has been destroyed following violent protest last night.

The train stations ticket office was burnt and roads barricaded with rubble and stones as residents are demanding electricity in their homes.

Metrorail’s Riana Scott said services remain suspended between DalJosafat and Wellington. So we urging people although the trains will operate between Cape Town and DalJosafat but between DalJosafat and Wellington there is no transport at the moment and there are not sufficient buses either.

“We are appealing to people to make their own way between DalJosafat and Wellington, from Wellington to Worcester trains are operating and from DalJosafat to Cape Town trains are operating” Scott added.  

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Over 40 safety kiosks to be rolled-out across the WC

Lusanda Bill 24 April 2015

The Western Cape MEC of Community Safety Dan Plato on Thursday launched safety kiosks which will help tackle security issues and try and reduce crime in the province.

This partnership between the City of Cape Town and the provincial government will see a rollout of 40 Safety Kiosks with some in communities that are regarded as gang and crime hotspots.

The department has made available about R2 million to train about 100 Law Enforcement Auxiliary Officers.

Ministerial Spokesperson Ewald Botha said the 40 kiosks will be equipped and will be a point of safety which victims such as victims of domestic violence will be able to wait for SAPS arrival and medical attention.

Botha said the kiosks will provide communities with an easy point of rare services which include certification of documents and serves as a departure point for services currently piloted by the Department of Community Safety.

“The first 14 safety kiosks to be rolled out will be deployed in Mitchell’s Plain, Tafelsig, Manenberg, Wesbank, Hanover Park, Khayelitsha gets two, Nyanga, Paarl East, Grassy Park, the Voortrekker Road, Parow and Bellville train station in partnership with Metrorail, Brackenfell, Plettenberg Bay, Montague Gardens and Clarke Estate” Botha added.

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A bus collision leaves two people dead and 65 injured

Lusanda Bill
24 April 2015

One person died and a total of 65 people were left injured when two buses collided into each on Jan Smuts Avenue in Saxonworld.

ER24 Spokesperson Russel Meiring said when paramedics arrived on the scene they found the two buses in the middle of the road blocking the traffic.

Meiring said on assessment paramedics discovered that one man had sustained fatal injuries in the accident, while 65 other people had sustained injuries ranging from minor to critical.

Paramedics had to use the Jaws of Life to try and extricate one of the drivers from the bus. It is believed a woman who was transported to hospital with critical injuries died on arrival.

The exact details to the cause of the accident will remain the subject of a police investigation.

 

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SACP concerned by scholar transport problems in the Overberg

Loyiso Langeni
24 April 2015

The South African Communist Party in the Western Cape said it is concerned that the Western Cape Education Department has not renewed transport subsidies for learners from Emil Secondary School in Genadendal, in the Overberg region.

SACP Provincial Secretary Masonwabe Sokoyi said the imposition of this decision without proper and consultation and feedback from the community has shown evidence of poor governance in this province.

Sokoyi said about 105 children are left stranded, because the department has decided to withdraw the subsidy.

"It opts for the resident which is in the form of hostels, which parents have to pay but however the department has not made any proper consultation, so that parents and school kids would be able to understand their current situation which they are finding themselves in.” Sokoyi added.

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2014/2015 fire season has claimed the lives of 5 fire fighters

Mbasa Gqokoma
24 April 2015

Western Cape MEC of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Anton Bredell says the 2014/2015 fire season has claimed a total of five fire-fighters.

This as a pilot and his co-worker from Working on Fire died after the helicopter crashed after working on trying to control a blaze between Wellington and Ceres.

MEC Bredell says the province has been hit by a series of fire-related tragedies over the past six months.

Ministerial Spokesperson James-Brent Styan says they also call on the public to please be responsible and please assist where possible, if you see fires let us know as soon as possible, call the emergency number 112.

 Western Cape MEC of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Anton Bredell says the 2014/2015 fire season has claimed a total of five firefighters. This as a pilot and his co-worker from Working on Fire died after the helicopter crashed after working on trying to control a blaze between Wellington and Ceres.
 
MEC Bredell says the province has been hit by a series of fire-related tragedies over the past six months. Ministerial Spokesperson James-Brent Styan has more

Bredell says “the quicker we get to these fires, the easier it is to just put them out and we just hope that our prayers are with the fire man and their families in the days ahead,"

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

DA: great day for democratic accountability following SABC’s COO suspension

Mbasa Gqokoma
23 April 2015


The Democratic Alliance has described the judgement by the Western Cape High Court regarding SABC chief Hlaudi Motsoeneng as a great day for democratic accountability.

This follows a report by the public protector Thuli Madonsela which found that Motsoeneng had lied about his qualifications and also increased his salary.

The court has ruled that Motsoeneng be suspended with immediate effect in order to allow disciplinary proceedings to take place.


DA’s James Selfe says “we took the case on because we believe it was cardinally important for the corrective action that was ordered by the public protector to be implemented that called for the suspension of Hlaudi Motsoeneng as the COO of the SABC.

Selfe adde that Motsoeneng must face disciplinary actions for his role in a variety of allegations relating to improper appointments and improper salary increases, Selfe added.

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Nursing conference helping in boosting healthcare outcomes

Mbasa Gqokoma
23 April 2015

Experts and nursing teams from around the world are taking part in a Nursing Conference to explore local, research-based solutions, to improve the quality of paediatric healthcare.

The conference taking place in Cape Town and will end tomorrow is addressing issues which include child healthcare and developing new and alternative foundations of evidence in children’s nursing.

Spokesperson for the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital Angelique Jordaan said the aim of the conference is to help boost healthcare outcomes for children and their families.

Jordaan said the conference if participative and provides delegates with the opportunity to engage in discussions.  

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A truck accident leaves 45 people injured in Free State

Lusanda Bill
23 April 2015

A truck accident on an apple farm in Fouriesburg in the Free State left 45 people injured. This is after the truck lost control on a corner and then rolled on a wet and slippery road.

ER24 Spokesperson Pieter Rossouw said all 45 people injured were transported on the back of the truck when the accident occurred.

Rossouw said when paramedics arrived on the scene they found that the injuries people had sustained were from minor to moderate and no fatal or critical injuries were sustained.

"ER24 paramedics treated and transported 17 patients to various hospitals in the area” Rossouw added.

The exact details to the cause of the accident will remain the subject of a police investigation.

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Five suspects arrested for poaching rock lobsters near Olifantsbos

Lusanda Bill
23 April 2015

Five suspects have been arrested for poaching West Coast rock lobster in a marine protected area near Olifantsbos.

Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security JP Smith in a statement said the rock lobster season closed three weeks ago, but as this incident proves, there are those who insist on ignoring the law and plundering our marine living resources for personal gain.

Smith said the officers confiscated 138 lobsters with an estimated street value of R6 000 and they arrested the occupants on the boat on charges of fishing on a restricted area.

City of Cape Town’s JP Smith said the men were all residents of Oceanview and were processed at the Simon’s Town police station and their boat was impounded at the Stikland Bellville South police impound lot.

“Sadly three of the men have previous convictions for poaching which does prove that the criminal justice system is simply not dealing effectively with these offenders” Smith added.

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President Zuma says xenophobic attacks impacting the country negatively

Lusanda Bill
23 April 2015

President Jacob Zuma held a stakeholder meeting in Pretoria where he said the latest attacks on foreign-nationals are impacting negatively on the country’s reputation. 

The meeting which was attended by over one-hundred stakeholders including government, religious and traditional leaders was also held to discuss migration policy and how sectors can work together to promote good relations between citizens and nationals.

Presidential Spokesperson Mac Maharaj said the meeting reaffirmed that the overwhelming majority of South Africans, including leaders attending the meeting that they are not xenophobic.

Maharaj said in his opening remarks, President Zuma outlined some of the concerns from South Africans about some foreign nationals, which include among others crime, unfair business practices, drugs, and influx of illegal foreign nationals.

Meanwhile President Zuma and the various stakeholders who attended the meeting acknowledged that there are genuine concerns raised by South Africans and should be taken seriously.

However, there is no justification for these attacks. A committee has been formed to find solutions to the challenges that have been identified in the recent attacks which have resulted in seven people being killed.

Presidential Spokesperson Mac Maharaj said the business sector has pledged to develop a plan of action which will see the sector also speaking out against attacks. The business sector further announced that it will be funding a campaign which will continue to reverse the negativity.

“The sports fraternity has also committed to use the sporting events they will be hosting to condemn these attacks and call for unity with fellow Africans” Maharaj added.

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DA: suspension of Dramat will not absolve gross conduct of police Minister

Mbasa Gqokoma
23 April 2015

The Democratic Alliance says the resignation of suspended Hawks boss Anwa Dramat will not absolve the Minister of Police Nkosinathi Nhleko on gross misconduct.

Dramat was suspended last year December for his alleged role in the illegal rendition of Zimbabweans in 2010. 

The DA says it is disappointed at the decision by Dramat to resign and the party believes he was forced to resign for political reasons.

DA MP of Police Dianne Kohler Barnard said the fact that any future head of the hawks may equally now be drummed out should he or she call for the Nkandla file of file on any ANC politician to be investigated and neither should the police Minister be absolved in his unlawful conduct and be charged with contempt of court for the suspension of Dramat.

Barnard added that It had been in November declared unconstitutional by the constitutional court, in December he promptly did it at somebodies nose at the court as whole.  

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Sere Wind farm near Vredendal fully operates, says Eskom

Mbasa Gqokoma
22 April 2015

Eskom says the Sere Wind farm near Vredendal in the Western Cape has achieved its full commercial operational capacity of one-hundred megawatt.

According to acting CEO Brian Molefe, the wind farm is Eskom’s first large-scale renewable energy project, and forms part of the commitment to renewable energy and reducing the carbon footprint.

The power utility says the Sere Wind farm is its first utility scale renewable energy project.

Eskom Spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe says “the power station is now producing over 100 megawatt into the power grade and that, this is part of our plan as the company to reduce our dependency on coal but also to diversify our energy forces.

We want to go into renewable energy still and make sure that we reduce our dependency on coal, Phasiwe added.

Meanwhile Eskom has again started implementing stage one load shedding until ten pm tonight.

This morning, the power utility said the likelihood of load shedding continuing for the rest of the week remained high, especially during the evening peak hours.

For the past two days the utility has implemented stage one of rolling blackouts between 5pm and 10pm.

This is mainly due to extensive maintenance work that is being done on the generators.

 

 

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Four Police officers facing charges of house robbery and theft

Mbasa Gqokoma
22 April 2015

Four police officers are facing charges including house robbery, and possession of stolen property after they were arrested for house robbery in Akasia, Pretoria on Tuesday.

The police officers are expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's court on Thursday.

Police spokesperson Major Mack Mngomezulu says from the house robbery scene they took one of the victims in the house and her car to the place because that victim was visiting the address where the house robbery was committed.

Mngomezulu added that “they took her to her place in Synoville where before they arrived in her place, they parked her car next to a restaurant in Synoville and they took her with their cars to her place where they also searched but they could pick nothing there.

"When they brought her back to where her car was parked, it’s when the local restaurant staff alerted the local police” Mngomezulu added.

 

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MEC Plato urges smooth operations in the police sector during suspension of Lamoer

Mbasa Gqokoma
22 April 2015

Western Cape MEC of Community Safety Dan Plato has called on Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega to ensure that the suspension of Provincial Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer, does not impact the policing service delivery in the province.

Lamoer and other top cops face one-hundred and nine charges which include corruption, racketeering and fraud.

MEC Plato said the loss of four senior SAPS officials in the province must not result in increased responsibilities for other management personnel who are already thinly stretched.

Ministerial Spokesperson Ewald Botha says Western Cape MEC of Community Safety, Dan Plato feels that it is absolutely critical that the national police commissioner ensures that the suspension process of the senior SAPS officials on the serious criminal charges is concluded swiftly and does not negatively affect the functioning of the police in the province.

 

 

2 people died in Pretoria accident


 

Jaimie-faith Poonah

22 April 2015

 

An accident late last night on the N4 near Watermeyer Street in Lydiana, Pretoria left 2 people dead.

 

Netcare 911 Spokesperson Santi Steinmann said upon the arrival on scene they found that a motor vehicle have rear-ended a heavy goods vehicle, resulting in the two male occupants of the vehicle tragically losing their lives.

 

Steinmann said upon assessment paramedics found that they have died prior to their arrival and sadly the two mean were declared dead at scene.

 

The exact details to the cause of the accident will remain the subject of a police investigation.

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Police investigating a murder case after a 14-year-old was stabbed outside his school,

Jaimie-faith Poonah
22 April 2015

 
A grade 7 learner from Wesfleur Primary School in Atlantis died after he was allegedly stabbed to death by a grade 6 learner outside the school.

The learner identified as 14-year-old Fadiel Benjamin was stabbed in the chest with a knife.

The Western Cape Department of Education’s Paddy Attwell said they are deeply shocked at the incident.

Attwell said Fadiel ran back to the school and told the secretary that a fellow learner has stabbed him, the school immediately contacted the police and the ambulance services, however the principle saw the seriousness of the situation and then rushed Fadiel to the Wesfleur Hospital in his own car.

He added that Fadiel was later transferred to Groote Schuur Hospital where he died on Monday night.

Attwell emphasised that Fadiel’s mother works as a volunteer at the school and his twin brother ran back to tell her about the stabbing. The principle visited the home of the alleged perpetrator to tell his mother about the incident, the principle also reported the incident to our circuit officer and asked for assistance in providing counselling for Fadiel’s classmates and his mother.

“The school’s social worker and the school’s psychologist provided counselling yesterday morning” Attwell concluded.

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the stabbing.

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Minister of Energy calling for a stand against xenophobia

Jaimie-faith Poonah
22 April 2015

Minister of Energy Tina Joemat-Pettersson says it is imperative that as a country we stand together in building and developing the continent.

This as government is working towards quelling attacks and violence towards foreign-nationals in the country.

Departmental Spokesperson Thandiwe Maimane said the energy department and the ministers are very aware of the fact that as a country, South Africa is able to get some of its energy from our neighbours.

Maimane said above all South Africa and the constitution that we have in South Africa actually sets out to ensure that all those who live in South Africa may do so in peace without fear of attack from anyone, simply due to the fact that they may not be an African.

Meanwhile Minister of Defence Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has deployed the army to Alexandra and parts of KwaZulu Natal to assist police in bringing an end to this violence.

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WCED to extend Competency Based Assessments

Loyiso Langeni
22 April 2015

Deputy Principals and Heads of Department will soon have to do a Competency Based Assessments before being appointed.
 
This as the Western Cape Department of Education will be expanding its assessment from teachers to add principles and deputies.
 
WCED says this is in line with government’s strategic objective to provide quality education and improve education outcomes.
 
Ministerial Spokesperson Jessica Shelver said great schools do not exist without great leaders. Therefore, the importance of having a strong and accountable school leadership team cannot be underestimated.
 
Shelver added that the WCED intends to expand the Competency Based Assessments for the appointment of the Deputy Principals and heads of Departments.
 
“The government of the Western Cape is confident that testing of this nature greatly assists in appointing the right person for the right position and this in turn will improve the quality of education in this Province.” Shelver said.

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Mayor de Lille urge residents to use Matrix treatment site

Jaimie-faith Poonah
22 April 2015

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille say the city is doing everything possible to fight substance abuse.

This as on Monday she opened the Matrix treatment site for drug and alcohol abuse in Manenberg.

The City of Cape Town has invested thirty-seven point eight million-Rand to combat substance abuse in the metro this year alone.

Meanwhile the African Christian Democratic Party in the Western Cape has welcomed this treatment centre stating that the establishment of treatment centres in impoverished, broken and drug infested communities cannot be underestimated.

Mayor Spokesperson Pierrinne Leukes said we opened now six Matrix treatment sites for substance abuse. So far the city of Cape Town has treated more than 8 000 people with this model for free.

Leukes said the Mayor of Cape Town has urged residents to make use of this service, which they can access by calling our toll free 24 hour helpline on 0800 435 748. 

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

16 people injured after taxi and SUV accident

Jaimie-faith Poonah
21 April 2015


An accident this morning between a taxi and an SUV east of Johannesburg left sixteen people injured.

ER24 Spokesperson Russel Meiring said paramedics from ER24 Johannesburg east branch arrived on scene and found both the taxi and SUV parked on the side of the road, occupants from the taxi were found sitting on a nearby pavement.

Meiring said on assessment paramedics discovered that 16 patients were found on scene with injuries ranging from minor to moderate. Paramedics set up a staging area on scene and treated the patients for their injuries.

Meiring said once they treated the patients, the patients were transported to various hospitals for further treatment.
 

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City of Cape Town strongly condemns violence and unrest in Nyanga

Jaimie-faith Poonah
21 April 2015

The City of Cape has condemned the unrest and violence happening in Nyanga today which resulted in three Golden Arrow buses being burnt and City of Cape Town Traffic Service staff being threatened.

Law enforcement has been conducting operations focused mainly on amaphela taxis’s in the area.

The operation today saw a total of sixteen vehicles being impounded, fifty-one warrants served and three drivers arrested for outstanding warrants.

Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security JP Smith said this will result in us having to extend our taxi operation there, we were only planning on doing it next week Monday and Tuesday but we will now be extending it again for a number of days this week and possibly next week.

Smith said we have also agreed to a meeting with the taxi owners later this week to discuss the matter but that will not be possible as the city cannot meet with people engaged with public violence.

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Government calling on communities to help stop xenophobia


 Jaimie-faith Poonah
21 April 2015
 
Government has called on communities to continue to help quell violence and the attack on foreign-nationals.
Government has commended the police on the swift arrest of three suspects who allegedly attacked and murdered Mozambican national Emmanuel Sithole.
It is believed that Sithole was a street vendor and the suspects took goods from his stall without paying which resulted in an argument and he was stabbed.
Acting Cabinet Spokesperson Phumla Williams said “we cannot allow this to happen in our name as a country and as government we also wish to reiterate that we want communities to work with the police.
Williams said we discourage any groupings that seek to take the law into their own hands, it is not going to solve the problem, and we appeal to communities to work with government rather than to take the law into their own hands”.
 Meanwhile the South African National Editors Forum said media organisations can contribute in curbing the attacks on foreign-nationals by fostering tolerance among communities.
Sanef has condemned the attacks in the strongest possible way and has called for peace.
Sanef Executive Director Mathatha Tsedu said “the chairperson of Sanef, Mpumelelo Mkhabela urge all colleagues in the media to do their best in ensuring that while they accurately and fairly report on the attacks, as they have been doing, they also do whatever they can to assist communities of different backgrounds to find each other.
Tsedu said “we are concerned that some of the criminal elements behind these attacks of foreigners are targeting journalists to prevent them from doing their work.
Society needs to build a culture of tolerance of which media freedom will be a threat to those who seek to profit from violence not reported in the media, Tsedu added.
 
 
 
 

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