Two journos allegedly assaulted by Soweto teachers

2015-08-27 17:33
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Johannesburg - Two Soweto TV journalists were allegedly assaulted and robbed by teachers at the Daliwonga Secondary School, the station said.

Soweto TV said in a statement that it had started out as an ordinary day for the news channel on Wednesday before things "turned for the worst". It said its crew had been at the school to cover a story about pupils arriving late at school.

"The camera crew witnessed the school's learners being beaten by teachers as they entered the school premises because they had come late. This led to the teachers assaulting our crew, robbing them of their camera and cellphones."

The channel claimed Orlando East police detained a teacher on charges of robbery and malicious damage to property. However this could not be immediately confirmed with police.

The station claimed the school denied that its teachers had taken equipment from the journalists.

The school could not be reached for comment.

Gauteng education spokesperson Phumla Sekhonyane said the department rejected any form of violence.

"We expect all our employees to act in an ethical and professional manner at all times," she said.

"We will investigate all the circumstances surrounding the Daliwonga Secondary incident and take corrective measures where necessary. "

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