Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane on Tuessday reassured the public that student l.
CONGO - Media rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) yesterday called for the release of a Congolese journalist who was arrested six months ago and "forgotten" in a Kinshasa prison.
The organisation called for the release of Bosange Mbaka, a reporter with the Kinshasa-based newspaper Mambenga .
"It is time to put an end to Mbaka's misfortunes, which highlight the grave shortcomings of the Congolese judicial system and the arbitrary practices of the police," RSF said.
Mbaka was arrested six months ago in "a round-up of presumed sympathisers of former presidential candidate Jean-Pierre Bemba", an arch-rival of President Joseph Kabila.
The journalist, who comes from the northwestern Equateur province, a Bemba stronghold, has officially been charged with "stealing military property by picking up a mobile phone dropped by a soldier".
Mbaka had been sent to cover a supreme court hearing in Kinshasa on November 21 when the building was set on fire and fighting erupted between troops and Bemba supporters disputing his election defeat a month earlier.
He "was going to hand the telephone in to a guard post when he found himself being arrested".
"It seems he was arrested and held all this time not because of the silly business of the phone but because of his nickname and origin, and because of a corrupt and flawed judicial system," RSF said, adding that he was interrogated simply because he was from the Equateur province.
On Tuesday UN high commissioner for human rights Louise Arbour met Mbaka and pleaded for his release. - Sapa-AFP