Police arrest people in spite of court ruling

Jack Bloom, a Democratic Alliance MPL, on Friday condemned the arrest of two Sowetan journalists on Wednesday.

The journalists were arrested by Hillbrow police and detained for about an hour during which their equipment and cellphones were confiscated and only returned to them the next day after lawyers intervened.

The journalists were covering a story involving the illegal eviction of nine families. The Sowetan claimed that in spite of a ruling by a Johannesburg High Court judge, the Hillbrow police refused to help the families get back into their Regal Court flats in the city.

This despite a court order that the building owner allow the families back into their flats.

Bloom released a statement in which he slammed the conduct of the police : “Many Hillbrow residents suspect that effective action against building hijackings is hindered because local police are themselves implicated.

“This is an appalling case of intimidation by police who should be upholding the law not subverting it.

“There must be a thorough investigation of this incident as well as possible corruption at the Hillbrow police station.”

According to Sapa neither the Hillbrow police nor provincial police spokeswoman Colonel Noxolo Kweza were available for comment.

[Source:] http://www.newstime.co.za/SouthAfrica/Democratic_Alliance_Condemn_Arrest_Of_Sowetan_Journalists/17845/

[Date:] 2010-12-31

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