No arrests yet in SABC mugging

2015-03-11 10:51

No arrests have been made following the mugging of SABC journalists outside Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg, Gauteng police said.

“The armed robbers accosted the crew and robbed them of their valuables, including laptops and cellular phones, outside the Milpark Hospital. The robbery was recorded on camera and no injuries were reported,” said Colonel Noxolo Kweza.

She said minutes after the robbery yesterday the crew spotted and approached a police member who was driving past after attending a meeting.

“The member, a captain from Parkview Police Station, stopped to assist and ensure that the victims were safe. “He drove around the area with one of the SABC staff members searching for the suspects, but to no avail.”

She said a case of robbery and theft had been opened. Police have vowed to find and arrest the men.

SABC contributing editor Vuyo Mvoko, foreign editor Sophie Mokoena and journalist Chriselda Lewis were preparing for a live crossing last night after covering the arrival of Zambian President Edgar Lungu at the hospital.

Video footage that showed two men accosting Mvoko as he waited to deliver his report in front of the camera went viral, with more than 170 000 views on YouTube by this morning. The video has also been circulated on news sites such as The Guardian in the United Kingdom.

Mvoko said later in an SABC interview that one of the men threatened him with a gun when he did not immediately give up his cellphone.

Gauteng police commissioner Lieutenant General Lesetja Mothiba said the police would do everything in their power to ensure that the suspects were brought to book.

“We are shocked at the brazen nature of this crime. The cameraman managed to film the incident and the faces of the suspects could be clearly seen,” he said.

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