Sunday Times journalist released
6 August 2010
Sunday Times journalist Mzilikazi wa Afrika was released from police custody last night, this is ahead of his bail application in the Nelspruit Regional Court today.
Judge Johan Kruger stated last night when he was handing down judgement at the High Court in Pretoria, that detention was not in the best interest of the rule of law, and it would be unlawful to detain Wa Afrika. Judge Johan Kruger then said “the freedom of the individual is a constitutionally protected value and so is due process”.
The Sunday Times earlier filed an urgent interdict to have the journalist released, following his arrest by members of the Hawks special police unit outside the Avusa offices in Rosebank, Johannesburg.
Sunday Times editor Ray Hartley stated that he is happy that this ridiculous farce is coming to an end.