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I tried to protect journalist - Jackey

By unknown | Aug 20, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Thembela Khamango

Thembela Khamango

Jackey Maarohanye denied manhandling Sowetan reporter, Vusi Ndlovu, claiming she protected him from an unruly crowd, the Protea magistrates' court heard on Friday.

Ndlovu told the court under cross-examination by Ike Motloung that Maarohanye grabbed him by his T-shirt and told him "now you'll be assaulted by me".

He said he was slapped and kicked in the crotch by one of Maarohanye's co-accused, Thembi Dladla, whom Ndlovu says searched him and took his notepad and pen.

Motloung said Dladla would deny the allegations and say "as a senior student at the school she was helping Maarohanye, with the other students, to ensure the situation did not get out of hand".

Ndlovu told the court that after his ordeal, which lasted for about six hours, he only had a red eye, contradicting the doctor's report that said he had bruises on his face and neck.

Motloung told Ndlovu that there were statements from police on the scene that say Ndlovu had bruises and a swollen face.

"Did that mean they had seen someone else?"

Ndlovu said yes because his face was not swollen and he never had bruises except for the red eye.

Most of the articles published on February 19, including one he had written himself, were handed in as exhibits.

Ndlovu said there were inaccuracies within the reports.

"It is not right while you work for such a big newspaper, to write incorrect information which will be circulated to the public," Motloung warned Ndlovu.


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