I've never been this scared - News24 reporter

2016-05-24 09:43
Fires during protests burn in Hammanskraal (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

Fires during protests burn in Hammanskraal (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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Pretoria - A journalist covering protests in Hammanskraal was robbed at gunpoint on Tuesday morning as tensions in the area continue to mount.

News24 reporter Karabo Ngoepe said that there is a tangible air of fear in the township where on Monday two members of the Red Ants were killed during protests over evictions.

"I have never been this scared, today I thought I was going to die," he said.

Ngoepe said he and a group of reporters had been standing near a burning barricade which had been erected to block the road when the incident happened.

"A journalist from Power FM attempted to take a picture of a discarded car bonnet on the side of the road when out of the blue these two guys appear," Ngoepe said.

"It looked like they were drunk and then one guy pulls out a gun and points it at the journalist. They took his recorder and his cellphone and were telling all the reporters to fokof."

"They were telling us all to fokof. Some community members then came and intervened and managed to get back the recorder and cellphone and returned it to the journalist," he said.

Ngoepe said the confrontation had left the journalists feeling unsafe, making their jobs that much more challenging.

"It now becomes difficult for us to move around because this guy is somewhere in the township and we are worried he may start shooting."

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