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ANC condemns unprovoked vitriolic attack from Cape Times Club Secretary

JL Mahlangu

The African National Congress has noted with regret reports of statements attributed to the Cape Town Press Club secretary Donwald Pressly recently. It is alleged that in reply to a request that Pressly alert the Cape Town club members about a mid-term report briefing on the work of the fifth Parliament, he replied "What is so important about ANC thugs wanting to advertise their press conference". Clearly these unwarranted derogatory remarks are an attack not only on the Presiding Officers, but to the ruling party as well. The ANC condemns this arrogant attitude from the Journalist, who has compromised his ethics and objectivity by expressing his opinions on the legislature and the ruling party. Pressly's livid refusal to let the Press Club members know about parliament's briefing was at odds with the club's stated objectives.

We understand that he was previously dismissed by Independent Media as Business Report's Cape Town bureau chief and parliamentary correspondent following an internal disciplinary process over his conduct in 2014. He was found to have violated the company's editorial code of conduct and code of ethics by applying to become a DA MP while being employed by the company. The ANC calls on the South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) not to turn a blind eye to this attention-seeking and blatant abuse of freedom of expression by Pressly. We believe that journalists should be mindful of the responsibility they have, to maintain objectivity and neutrality at all times.

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