SOUTH AFRICA’S ANC APOLOGISES OVER TREATMENT OF JOURNALIST AT RULING PARTY’S NATIONAL CONFERENCE

JOHANNESBURG, The African National Congress (ANC) has apologised to the South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) after a senior journalist was pushed around and his credentials removed at the ruling party's ongoing 54th national elective conference in Nasrec in south Johannesburg this week.

Reports have also surfaced that other journalists were pushed around, harassed and threatened to be removed from the conference centre by the police.

Sanef Chairperson Mahlatse Gallens says the national editors body has had an urgent meeting with the ANC.

We did get an apology from the ANC. They apologised. They say it is never their intention to have things end the way they did, especially with this particular incident. They also told us that they were not aware of some of the incidences that we have raised, he said here Tuesday.

Gallens said the police also complained about security breaches by some reporters.

And they have appealed to journalists to report immediately if there is an incident. I have to also mention that they did raise concerns that there was a security breach by some reporters as well and I was not aware of all the details. But of course, they have asked us to respect the rules they have created.

During the election of top office bearers of the ANC, current party deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa has been elected the party's new president to succeed Jacob Zuma.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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