POLICE GUILTY OF DETENTION WITHOUT TRIAL
The prosecuting authorities in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, have confirmed that they will not prosecute our journalist, Mzilikazi wa Afrika, due to lack of evidence for his so-called crime of “fraud”. Yet the police are refusing to release him from custody in flagrant violation of the spirit of the law. This is nothing less than the detention without trial of a journalist.
This confirms our suspicion that the heavy-handed operation against Mzilikazi was, from the outset, designed to intimidate him and the Sunday Times and had no serious legal purpose.
Mzilikazi’s legal representatives will tonight seek an urgent interdict in the High Court in Nelspruit to have him released from jail.
We are extremely concerned about the well-being of a second “suspect” in this case who was arrested more than 48 hours ago, but has not been brought to trial.
We call on President Jacob Zuma to instruct the Commissioner of Police, Bheki Cele, to call a halt to this campaign of intimidation and to release Mzilikazi as this abuse of justice is causing deep embarrassment to this country.
He must reassure the nation that never again will the law enforcement agencies of this democratic nation be used to intimidate journalists.
Editor: Sunday Times
This is so not South Africa to detain people without trial..
Welcome to the new South Africa.
Oh remember the JOGGER in Cape Town. You’re calling on the same president that let that happen.
My middle finger never went down. It was up there with all the waving flags during the world cup masterbation excercise. So just wave your flag, wave your flag, wave your flog.
Mr. Hartley, I think you need to go, cap in hand, and beg Field Marshal Cele to release your journalist before they send him to a military court for trial
Why look to Jacob Zuma for the solution? As we have mentioned often on these blog sites, Zuma is a major part of the problem. He enables all the filth and corruption to permeate throughout our government and our South African society.
T problem can only be remediated when we use our votes to emasculate the ANC at the polls next year.
Clear as day, that which you say Eli, except for those mud blinkered eyes and mushy brains which makes up 70% of our electorate.