- South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF) on Friday condemned alleged death threats made against their colleagues at South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).
In a statement, "SANEF condemns the attack on the SABC 2 weather presenter Tshidi Diphoko and the death threats against SABC political reporters Miranda Strydom and Sophie Mokoena."
Diphoko was reported to have been pistol-whipped, robbed and held at gunpoint by two men in Braamfontein on 22 March. The attackers went away with Diphoko's valuables, leaving her with trauma.
Few days later, 'Sunday World' writer Ngwako Malatji received an email from an unknown source claiming responsibility for the attack. But the mail also apologised that Diphoko's attack was a mistake. Instead Miranda Strydom and Sophie Mokoena were the targets.
"Sorry to Tshidi we mistaken her to Sophie Mokoena and Miranda Strydom (whom) we gonna kill," an extract of the anonymous mail reads.
The SABC took the threats very seriously and have lodged a complaint with the police.
SANEF is "deeply concerned" about the safety of journalists in South Africa who have become targets of violent attacks for reporting their activities. Police have been asked to do all they can to track down suspects.
afrol News - It is called "financial inclusion", and it is a key government policy in Rwanda. The goal is that, by 2020, 90 percent of the population is to have and actively use bank accounts. And in only four years, financial inclusion has doubled in Rwanda.
afrol News - The UN's humanitarian agencies now warn about a devastating famine in Sudan and especially in South Sudan, where the situation is said to be "imploding". Relief officials are appealing to donors to urgently fund life-saving activities in the two countries.
afrol News - Fear is spreading all over West Africa after the health ministry in Guinea confirmed the first Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa. According to official numbers, at least 86 are infected and 59 are dead as a result of this very contagious disease.
afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.