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SA High Commission in Tanzania expected to meet journos detained by authorities

It's understood officials who identified themselves as working with the Tanzanian immigration authority detained and interrogated the pair last night.

A combination image of journalists Muthoki Mumo and Angela Qunital. Picture: CPJ.org

JOHANNESBURG – The South African High Commissioner to Tanzania is expected to meet with journalists Angela Quintal and Muthoki Mumo after they were detained in the capital Dar es Salaam.

It's understood officials who identified themselves as working with the Tanzanian immigration authority detained and interrogated the pair on Wednesday night.

The International Relations Department says they have since been released.

Dirco's Ndivhuwo Mabaya says, “I spoke to Angela this morning. She is her usual self. But it’s a serious matter. The young lady from Kenya was traumatised and she’s also very concerned about what happened last night. We’ll have to meet with her this morning. The High Commission is going there to meet with Tanzanian authorities.”

SANEF’S CONCERNED

Dirco has confirmed Tanzanian authorities have returned the passports of the journalists.

The SA High Commissioner in that country has been instructed to gather all information about Quintal and Mumo’s detention, and report back to Minister Lindiwe Sisulu by the end of the day.

Although specific information around their five-hour detention and interrogation by authorities are not yet clear, it’s understood they are now free to leave the country.

Meanwhile, the South African Editors Forum has raised concerns about the pair’s detention in the first place.

“We believe that in a democracy a free media is the lifeblood and we need to make sure that these kinds of situations are never repeated. We also need to make sure that journalists can do their job freely,” Sanef’s media freedom chair Mary Papayya said.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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