CAPE TOWN- Economic Freed Fighter Floyd Shivambu deputy president of the party said he regretted his actions and has written a full apology after he confronted a journalist outside parliament in Cape Town.
He said he regretted his “impatience”.
The attack caused widespread condemnation and even some calling for the EFF to distance themselves from their deputy president’s behaviour.
Shivambu outburst was caught on camera, he assaulted journalist Adrian de Kock‚ from Media 24‚ who was waiting with other journalists outside the building where Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille’s disciplinary hearing is taking place.
De kock saw the EFF leader and wanted a comment on the hearings that were to take place and took pictures. Shivambu did not like this and wanted De Kock to delete the pictures because he did not give his consent. He then grabbed his neck and tried to take the camera away from him, two unknown men also approached De Kock.
“Leave my stuff alone. Leave my stuff alone‚” the journalist is heard screaming as he was being manhandled.
Shivambu has responded with a full statement.
His statement read:
“Today‚ the 20th of March 2018 I was engaged in a scuffle with a Photographer/Journalist in Parliament. The scuffle was a result of circumstances which included taking of photographs and persistence to speak to me whilst receiving documents from staff members in order to attend the Standing Committee on Finance (SCOF). Whilst I was in a hurry to attend the committee meeting‚ I accept that my impatience with the gentleman was inappropriate.
“The scuffle happened and was never an assault on the Journalist or media freedom. I regret the incident and believe it should have been handled differently. I take full responsibility and apologise for engaging in a scuffle with a person I discovered after the incident is a Journalist. I will write and email an official apology on the scuffle because I believe it was not supposed to happen.
“The EFF‚ which I represent in Parliament and Deputy President of‚ upholds media freedom‚ and freedom of association. As a loyal member of the EFF‚ I fully uphold media freedom and freedom of association‚ and the scuffle was not meant to suppress these constitutional principles.”
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