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SanefNews24 reports that the SA National Editors' Forum (Sanef) has condemned "abusive and intimidatory behaviour" toward an eNCA news team covering EFF protest action at a Clicks store in Goodwood Mall in Cape Town on Monday morning.  

Party leaders, members and supporters descended on the mall as part of a nationwide call to shut down all Clicks stores, following outrage over an offensive hair advert that portrayed black people's hair as "dry and damaged".  eNCA reporter Nobesuthu Hejana stated that she and cameraman, Crescendo Louw, had initially been reporting unhindered at the protest, but later “supporters became aggressive, forcing our cameraman to hurry up and leave."  In video footage recorded on Monday, the channel's cameraman was insulted, sworn at and verbally abused.  According to Sanef, Mente said the EFF supporters blocked the eNCA crew in retaliation for the broadcaster's withdrawal of its coverage of the party's second elective conference in December last year.  The broadcaster withdrew after the EFF banned various media outlets from covering the conference.  Sanef said it took “serious exception to this kind of intimidation and treatment of journalists by supporters of any political organisation. It is particularly worrying because the EFF is represented in the South African National Assembly and various provincial and local government legislature structures. The EFF is obliged by the South African Constitution to protect the freedom of the media, among other democratic fundamentals.”

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Riaan Grobler at News24

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