Newzroom Afrika robbery live on-air

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‘Utter lawlessness!’ – Newzroom Afrika crew ROBBED live on-air

SANEF has reacted fiercely, after a Newzroom Afrika crew were robbed live on-air while reporting from East London in the past week.

Newzroom Afrika robbery live on-air

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Some criminals really will stop at nothing to get what they want – even if their transgressions are being broadcast to the nation. The SA National Editors Forum has lashed out at a group of crooks who targeted a Newzroom Afrika crew on Friday, robbing them of their belongings while they were live on-air.

SA news crew robbed while live on-air

During a crossing to East London, reporters and technical staff were ambushed as thugs broke into the back of a news van, and stole both essential equipment and personal goods belonging to workers.

  • This despicable act was confirmed by the channel’s news director, Katy Katopodis:

“Our Eastern Cape reporter and camera operator were robbed of all their belongings. They were live on air, while robbers broke into the news vehicle, stole equipment and their bags with all their clothing and personal goods inside.”

Newzroom Afrika team ‘ambushed’ in East London

The incident comes just a few months after an eNCA crew were robbed in Khayelitsha. This alarming trend does not sit well with SANEF, and they have expressed their anger over the ‘utter lawlessness’ displayed on our streets.

In a strongly-worded statement issued on Saturday, SANEF called for a swift response from law enforcement agencies to catch these criminals – and stated that their staff would need ‘psychological help’ to process this trauma.

“The disrespect, disregard, and utter lawlessness displayed by criminals continued on Friday as they robbed a Newzroom Afrika reporting team while they were live on air, from East London, Eastern Cape. The incident follows a recent one in Khayelitsha, where an eNCA crew was threatened and robbed – near the ANC offices.”

“The South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) condemns this criminality and calls on law enforcement agencies to arrest and prosecute these criminals. The psychological impact such crimes have on reporting crews, or any worker for that matter, cannot be underestimated as the scars remain.” | SANEF statement