National Press Club salutes chairman for fighting crime

The National Press Club has congratulated its chairman, Yusuf Abramjee, for his relentless fight against crime in South Africa.

This follows yesterday’s arrest in Johannesburg of a clergyman, Josias Mabaso, who allegedly defrauded the Gauteng Department of Education of millions of rand.

Abramjee, head of corporate affairs and communications at Primedia and a Lead SA executive, alerted the Hawks after learning about the alleged fraud. He was instrumental in the arrest of Mabaso, having recorded a conversation in which Mabaso confessed to the crime and also tried to bribe him.

Press club general manager Ben Rootman says the club is proud of the leading role played by Abramjee in issues that affect South African society. “We support him in these projects and, as the National Press Club, we salute him for exerting the power of the media when necessary.

“We call on all South Africans, from the top leaders in the public and private sector to every other citizen, to follow his example to help root out corruption in our country.”

The National Press Club, based in Pretoria, currently has just under 450 members from across the country.