SA journalist released by Tanzanian authorities


South African journalist Angela Quintal and Kenyan colleague Muthoki Mumo, who were detained by law enforcement in Tanzania, have been released.

“South African journalist Angela Quintal and colleague are back in their hotel. They are safe and are with the High Commissioner of South Africa, Thami Mseleku. The Commissioner is meeting to discuss last night’s events,” said Department of International Relations and Co-operation (DIRCO) spokesperson, Ndivhuwo Mabaya.

He said the Commissioner is expected to engage Tanzanian authorities afterward.

The journalists were detained, their belongings searched and passports confiscated.

Quintal is co-ordinator of the Committee to Protect Journalists’ (CPJ) Africa programme, while Mumo is sub-Saharan Africa representative.

The pair is in Tanzania on a reporting mission.

A statement by the CPJ following the search said the two were escorted from their hotel and taken to an unknown location. CPJ’s Executive Director Joel Simon called on authorities to “immediately release them and return their passports”.

DIRCO said Minister Lindiwe Sisulu is being kept abreast of the situation and briefed on all developments.
“The High Commissioner briefed Minister Sisulu last night and early this morning. The High Commissioner and Kenyan diplomats will continue to engage with Tanzanian authorities until their passports are returned and all facts around their arrest established,” said Mabaya.