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3 arrests down and 1 to go in Alexandra case, Mahlobo on situation, #LeadSAVigil

The front page of the Sunday Times with images taken by James Oatway

Pictures taken by a Sunday Times photojournalist James Oatway have opened up a debate on journalistic ethics at a time of great volatility in the country. Debates notwithstanding, three individuals implicated in the fatal Saturday morning stabbing of Mozambican Emmanuel Sithole, have been arrested, with a fourth suspect still at large.Speaking on 702's John Robbie Show, Gauteng Spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini thanked community members of Alexandra in Northern Johannesburg, where the incident happened, for the part their tip off's played in the arrests:

Back to the debate on the pictures taken by James Oatway - Caller Jackson expressed his concerns on 702's John Robbie Show:

The worrying thing about this whole Emmanuel Sithole thing is that it seems as if journalists seem to have taken this approach that 'you don't let the cops get in the way of a good story' because the account from the News 24 website is that it seems they followed that guy for quite a while, before he was stabbed and beaten with a monkey wrench. We talk about proactivity - these guys were hunting for a story and now that this guy was stabbed and they took him to hospital, now they are heroes. They would have been heroes if they phoned the cops while they were filming that thing.

Photojournalist James Oatway who took the pictures that have shaken the world and had been covering recent incidents of xenophobic violence responded with:

I'm feeling a bit dazed, really, almost as if I was watching the whole thing on TV, it all seems quite unreal. (On what happened on Saturday morning) the situation was pretty calm, there were no big mobs going around, it was kind of 'business as usual', with kids playing in the street. And I had just left one of the houses after speaking to someone there, I was taking some general photographs of the street, and then I heard some screams and shouting and I looked in the direction of where they were coming from and I saw a group of men running towards me and kind of about 20 metres away from me, the first attacker had Emmanuel down on the ground and he was the one who had started the attack with a monkey wrench. I hadn't been following them for minutes at all, I had just come out of a house and I heard screaming and shouting and there men running towards me and then I took photographs.

State Security Minister David Mahlobo has meanwhile congratulated James Oatway for his photograph. Mahlobo was also on 702's John Robbie show outlining the security cluster's plans to maintain calm throughout the country:

I want to congratulate the person who took the pictures of the Mozambican national working with the communities, working with the media - those suspects have been nabbed yesterday and positively identified.

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