FXI CONDEMNS SCARE TACTICS AIMED AT SUPPRESSING PEOPLE’S RIGHT TO PROTEST

MEDIA STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

17 JULY 2012

FXI CONDEMNS SCARE TACTICS AIMED AT SUPPRESSING PEOPLE’S RIGHT TO PROTEST

The Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI)  is deeply concerned about  the alleged assault on freedom of expression by Umlazi Councillor, Nomzamo Mkhize.
According to reports received by the FXI, Ms Mkhize along with a group of her supporters allegedly assaulted and intimidated a member of the local community, Ms Thabile Ngcobo, on July 15 as Ms Ngcobo was returning from a local community meeting.
Ms Ngcobo was allegedly slapped and kicked while being questioned on why she had attended the meeting. He assailants then also took a blade and cut off a T-shirt she was wearing that was promoting FAMWU (the Farm Workers Union). Continue reading