A journalist who demanded the right to vent his feelings of rejection
on Radio Heart 104.9 because a story he wrote concerning a black
musician was rejected, is to go on trial on a charge of intimidation, according to a report on news24.com.


David Robert Lewis, 39, of 26 Kitchener Road, Woodstock, appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, where magistrate Phindi Norman set his trial for November 9.

Lewis sported a bald hairstyle, with a small wild crop of hair on the crown of his head.

Charge changed to intimidation

It was alleged that he entered the Heart 104.9 premises in May and demanded the right from news anchor Zulpha Khan to air his feelings.

The charge sheet presently on record alleges assault with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm, but gives no detail.

However, in Tuesday's proceedings, prosecutor Titi Mthimunye said the charge would be changed to intimidation.

In an affidavit that he gave to his attorney, Michael Jennings, Lewis describes himself as a "music journalist, published writer, visual artist and community activist".

He says his story about the jazz musician was rejected because of alleged racism, causing him to lodge a case of discrimination in the Labour Court.

Click here to read the full report, posted on news24.com.