At funeral of activist, journos attacked , critically injured
Two journalists were attacked by an angry mob at the funeral of murdered anti-mining activist Sikhosiphi Rhadebe on Saturday.The journalists from the Citizen Newspaper, photojournalist Nigel Sibanda, reporter Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni were at the exequial to report on it.
According to news24, the journos and two activists were attacked by a group of men who beat them with knob-kerries, the stingless end of a machete as well as their naked hands.“We are outraged by the feral attack on our journalists who were beaten up for doing their job,” Citizen Editor Steven Mothale said.“The harassment and violence against journalists is a deplorable act that has no place in any democracy.”The journos are both critically injured.
Mothale said members of the SA Police Service were present but did nothing to assist the victims.“Apart from failing to halt the attacks, they also did not arrest the mob that carried out the attacks.“Even worse is the confiscation of the equipment of the journalists including a camera by the police,” Mothale.“This is criminal on the part of the police whose mandate is to uphold the law and to protect all South Africans, including journalists.”“Allegations that SAPS members attacked the two, watched while they were attacked and took away their equipment are not true,” she said.
Sikhosiphi Rhadebe was shot multiple times at his home in Xolobeni, near Mbizana in the Eastern Cape two weeks ago.It is alleged that his murder was carried out by two hit men.