While everyone condemned the jamming of the cellphone network during the State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Thursday, no one claimed responsibility no one knew anything about it. On Tuesday Primedia, Media 24, the South African National Editors Forum (Sanef), Open Democracy Aice Centre and Right2Know took the matter to court. It emerged that the National Intelligence Agency, and whoever might have commanded them or known or their plans, is to blame. By GREG NICOLSON.
“What the hell are they doing?” I asked myself looking over at the media on Thursday night. I was there as a photographer, and we sat shoulder-to-shoulder on the gallery steps, squeezed as though we were in the back seat of a taxi, facing the Speaker so we are able see the president deliver his speech. On the right was the ANC leadership – Gwede Mantashe, Zweli Mkhize and Jessie Duarte – on the left were former Presidents F.W. de Klerk, Thabo Mbeki and their wives.
Across the rows of MPs, I thought the media were chanting “Bring back our girls!” before I noticed they were holding their phones, tablets and laptops in the air. “Bring back our signal!” they yelled. Bemused, I looked…
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