Mandela: Journo forced into military police van

2012-02-25 14:50
Pretoria - The media was asked to leave Thaba Tshwane complex in Pretoria on Saturday where One Military hospital is situated.

Several journalists and photographers had gathered there following news that former president Nelson Mandela had been hospitalised on Saturday morning.

The Presidency did not make the name of the hospital public.

First, journalists were asked to leave the hospital premises. A photographer was picked up and forced into a military police van for taking a picture of the hospital building.

Beeld's Theana Breugem was told to delete her pictures, which she did. She was then released.

Journalists were then told by military officials to move to the Heartfelt Ministries, a nearby church, which had given permission for the media to park there.

But at about 13:30, a military police sergeant, who did not want to give his name, ordered journalists to leave the Thaba Tshwane complex.

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