Urgent application to stop South Africa’s Sunday Independent from publishing

By bne IntelliNews November 2, 2010
An urgentapplication to stop South Africas Sunday Independent from publishing anyinformation about appointments and to return documents in its possession was broughtby the Minister of Police, National Commissioner and Divisional Commissioner ofCrime Intelligence, the National Press Club said. The newspaper reported thatby so doing, the police service resorted to a discredited and, in the opinionof the current government, unconstitutional piece of legislation. IndependentNewspapers was also ordered to immediately hand over all information anddocumentation about appointments to the police and was ordered to pay the costsof two counsels. At a hearing last week, the chairwoman of the NationalAssembly police oversight committee revealed that a consultant who only has a matric qualification, is employed by the SAPS and was beingpaid ZAR 1.3mn/month. Her mother and father had been working as a director anda deputy director at the SAPS, but also own a company that benefited fromtenders for services provided to their employer. The daughter did the work forthese on behalf of the family. It is unclear whether this is the story thenewspaper was forced to withdraw.

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