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Mbalula: Police will strike against anyone targeting journalists, politicians

Mbalula has condemned the protest outside Tiso Black Star editor Peter Bruce’s Johannesburg home last week, calling it invasive.

Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula addressed the media at the ANC NPC. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – Police Minister Fikile Mbalula says the police will intervene and strike back hard against anyone targeting journalists or politicians.

The Black First Land First movement recently released a list of journalists it says supports white monopoly capital threatening to protest at their homes and places of worship.

Mbalula has condemned the protest outside Tiso Black Star editor Peter Bruce’s Johannesburg home last week, calling it invasive.

He has warned the movement against planning to target journalists.

The Police Ministry’s Vuyo Mhaga says that freedom of speech is encouraged but threats and invasion of privacy cannot be tolerated.

“So the minister will address the issue with top management and said in no uncertain terms that media freedom is one of the core pillars of our democracy and they can’t be interfered with.”

He says that the work of journalists should be scrutinised through their employers and not in their private spaces.

“People can’t be allowed to enter our personal space. Peter Bruce is an employee of a newspaper, so if there are grievances, you ought to take the problems to the employers.”

Mhaga says journalists who feel threatened should open formal cases to ensure the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators.