Monday, September 10, 2007


The attached SABC "Zille" news item reveals how Zikalala's SABC reports a major news story.
If David Cameron (leader of the Conservatives) was arrested in The UK would The BBC website give the story such minimal coverage?
This report really is indicative of a public broadcaster that has lost its way:

Zille to appear in court tomorrow

"Police say Zille was arrested following an illegal gathering

September 10, 2007, 05:45
The Cape Town Mayor and Democratic Alliance (DA) leader, Helen Zille, will appear in the Mitchell's Plain Magistrates Court tomorrow. Police say Zille was earlier arrested following an illegal gathering. She was then released on a warning at the Mitchells Plain police station on the Cape Flats.

Zille faces a charge of violating the Gatherings Act.

Zille says she was taking part in a march against drug lords on the Cape Flats. She says police gave them three minutes to disperse, and then started arresting women and children, including her."

To add insult to injury, Zikalala follows the above with a further report that denigrates Zille:

W Cape police take offense to Zille’s comments

Zille was arrested in the Cape flats for participating in a march against drug lords

September 11, 2007, 22:15
Western Cape police say comments by Cape Town mayor, Helen Zille - that her arrest after a protest march against drug barons was politically motivated - are an insult to their profession.

Zille claimed at her court appearance in Mitchells Plain today that she had been arrested by police who had been strategically deployed. Station commissioner at Mitchells Plain, Jeremy Veary, says they feel offended.

“People can swear at us on the streets when we arrest them. They can do all sorts of things, but once you say something like this to us, it insults our professional integrity. I was appointed by the provincial commissioner… and chosen because of the particular skills. To even cast aspersion in why the police would deploy me there is an insult not only to me, but to the SA police service,” says Veary.

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