The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has noted with concern what it deems as harassment of one of the public broadcaster’s journalists, Mike Maringa, at the Beit Bridge Boarder on Friday.
Maringa was harassed and intimidated by the South African Police whilst filming at the boarder gate.
The public broadcaster has condemned the police actions with the contempt it deserves, saying that these actions are shocking as the Police are supposed to be protecting citizens and Journalists.
“It must be emphasised that this unfortunate event happened after our news crew was granted permission to film on the basis that they will do crossings and conduct interviews outside the border gate.”
The SABC has appealed to the police to allow journalists to freely and independently discharge their public service mandate of providing the general public with crucial information regarding various societal matters.
It says it strives to have a cordial relationship with all public service institutions, as we all have a public mandate to ensure that citizens are served well, vowing to engage with the relevant police authorities on this matter.