‘I’m sorry my brother,’ says Shivambu to journo following scuffle

EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu apologised to Netwerk24 journalist Adrian de Kock for a fracas on Tuesday on the parliamentary precinct, even though he did not recognise the reporter who has laid an assault charge against him.

“I don’t even know [what] he looks like,” said Shivambu, when asked if he had anything to say to De Kock, as he entered the Marks Building, where the EFF’s offices are.

“Ah no, I’m sorry my brother, if it’s you. I’m sorry for the incident. I did not know that you are here.

“If you are offended I am unconditionally sorry. Is that clear?” said Shivambu as he left to enter the building.

De Kock said afterwards: “I accept the apology. But he did what he did.

“I decided to lay charges regardless. I had to shout to get some help.”

The complaint with the police would stay in place, he said.

Earlier, Shivambu was caught on camera with his hand around De Kock’s throat, while another man had his hands on De Kock and his camera.

De Kock said he went over to Shivambu to get a comment about Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille’s disciplinary hearing when the scuffle started.

“I went over to Floyd to try and get comment from him for the Patricia de Lille hearing, just to see if, as the opposition, he has any comment,” De Kock said after the incident.

“I went to him and I said to him: ‘Do you have any comment,’ and he said: ‘No, you must delete the picture,’ and I said: ‘I can’t delete the pictures’.”And then he started grabbing my camera, trying to delete the pictures… He went for my camera and then tried to break my camera,” De Kock added.

Parliament’s Press Gallery Association and the South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) condemned the incident.

Sanef chairperson Mahlatse Mahlase described Shivambu’s behaviour as intolerant, saying it was unacceptable in a democracy.”As a member of Parliament, he is entrusted with protecting our hard-earned media freedom and freedom of expression, as is enshrined in our Constitution. He should lead by example and champion journalists’ protected right to do their work without fear or favour,” she said.

A written apology was also extended via a statement issued by the EFF.

The Cape Town Press stated that even though Shivambu had apologised, the matter cannot be considered closed. “Mr Shivambu is an elected public representative and is expected to set a better example. We urge Netwerk24 to pursue their complaint against Mr Shivambu further, and we trust that the Parliamentary Presiding Officers will discipline him for his actions,” said Vice Chairperson Martin Slabbert-Capper.

Meanwhile, the Speaker of the National Assembly and chairperson of the National Council of Provinces said the incident would be investigated.

“Parliament is concerned by the incident as it is not in line with its commitment to press freedom and a media-friendly environment as enshrined in the Constitution’s Bill of Rights. The Presiding Officers will investigate the alleged incident and, where necessary, determine an appropriate decision,” they said in a statement. —  News24

PW Botha wagged his finger and banned us in 1988 but we stood firm. We built a reputation for fearless journalism, then, and now. Through these last 35 years, the Mail & Guardian has always been on the right side of history.

These days, we are on the trail of the merry band of corporates and politicians robbing South Africa of its own potential.

To help us ensure another 35 future years of fiercely independent journalism, please subscribe.

Jenni Evans
Jenni Evans
Journalist at News24. Love reading, sunshine.
Advertisting

South Africa has been junked

Treasury says the credit ratings downgrade “could not have come at a worse time”, as country enters a 21-day Covid-19 lockdown with little money saved up

Mail & Guardian needs your help

Our job is to help give you the information we all need to participate in building this country, while holding those in power to account. But now the power to help us keep doing that is in your hands

Press Releases

The online value of executive education in a Covid-19 world

Executive education courses further develop the skills of leaders in the workplace

Sisa Ntshona urges everyone to stay home, and consider travelling later

Sisa Ntshona has urged everyone to limit their movements in line with government’s request

SAB Zenzele’s special AGM postponed until further notice

An arrangement has been announced for shareholders and retailers to receive a 77.5% cash payout

20th Edition of the National Teaching Awards

Teachers are seldom recognised but they are indispensable to the country's education system

Awards affirm the vital work that teachers do

Government is committed to empowering South Africa’s teachers with skills, knowledge and techniques for a changing world

SAB Zenzele special AGM rescheduled to March 25 2020

New voting arrangements are being made to safeguard the health of shareholders

Dimension Data launches Saturday School in PE

The Gauteng Saturday School has produced a number of success stories