Tuesday, May 2, 2017

eNCA journalists to court in Port Elizabeth after they were allegedly assaulted at Pastor Omotoso's church trying to report on alleged human-trafficking.

eNCA journalists will appear in the Port Elizabeth magistrate's court today after claiming they were assaulted on 20 April at a church while trying to do report on the arrest of the church's pastor.

eNCA editor-in-chief Anton Harber will be in Port Elizabeth today as well to support the 24-hour TV news channel's journalists.

Anton Harber says the assault on eNCA journalists are "part of a pattern of harassment and pressure on journalists that stems from parliament and the police and now even ordinary citizens".

According to The Herald  eNCA reporter Sandy McCowen (42), cameraman Nceba Ntlanganiso (42) and freelance journalist Norhi Manona (44) claim they were attacked by members of the Jesus Dominion International Church branch in North End when they went there following the arrest of the church pastor Tim Omotoso last month.

Interestingly a counter-claim of assault was filed against the journalists.

Pastor Tim Omotoso will get the opportunity to apply for bail on Wednesday after his arrest. He was allegedly transporting girls and women from his church to Umhlanga Rocks and allegedly sexually exploited them.

Tim Omotoso faces two counts of human-trafficking and two counts of sexual assault.