Hammaskraal residents chase journalists away

2016-05-25 16:15
Residents protesting in front of the the Municipal offices in Hammanskraal. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

Residents protesting in front of the the Municipal offices in Hammanskraal. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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Pretoria - Journalists covering unrest in Hammanskraal have become targets of the community's anger, with one reporter stripped of her notebook and chased away from the area on Wednesday.

News24 reporter Karabo Ngoepe said that many reporters had been ejected from the area by angry residents.

"As we were driving into the area, we were met by journalists getting out. They advised us that they had been chased away by the residents."

"A reporter from Times had her notepad torn by the angry community members. They told reporters that they are dangerous and get people into trouble with the law," he said.

The community had also accused reporters of writing lies about them.

"We all drove out of the area and went to park in front of the municipal offices. Journalists are not feeling safe anymore," he added.

On Tuesday a man pulled a gun on a reporter before taking his cellphone and recorder. Community members intervened however and were able to return the reporter's belongings.

Violence flared in the township after City of Tshwane and security personnel attempted to evict those occupying land illegally. Two security guards were killed in clashes with protesters.

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