Photographer picked up by military cops

2012-02-25 12:05

A Beeld photographer was picked up by military police after taking a picture of One Military hospital in Pretoria, following news that former president Nelson Mandela had been hospitalised today.

“They put me into the van and then said to me to delete my pictures,” said Theana Breugem.

If she would refuse to do so, the police would “have to take other steps”, she was told.

“I just deleted them. It was just a picture of the hospital,” said Breugem.

She was one of a handful of journalists who had gathered outside the hospital following news that former president Nelson Mandela had been hospitalised.

It is not known what hospital he has been taken to, but Mandela has in the past been treated by a team of military doctors.

A hospital official had asked journalists to leave, after telling them that “the old man” – in reference to Mandela – was not at the hospital.

Breugem left in her car, but then stopped outside the hospital gate to take a picture of the building.
She was still inside the military complex at the time.

A military police van chased after her after she took the picture and forced her to stop.

The officials put her into the back of a police van, from where they released her after she deleted the pictures.

Journalists have now been told to go to the Heartfelt Ministries, a church near One Military hospital.

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