Cops look on as CPUT students gang up on journalist

2015-10-22 12:26
(Tammy Petersen, News24)

(Tammy Petersen, News24)

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Cape Town – Students jumped on a journalist's car, snatched her cellphone out of her hand and forced her to delete photos while police looked on at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) on Thursday.

News24 journalist Tammy Petersen was at CPUT's Bellville campus and taking photos of a group of students making their way towards the residences. They ran up to her and shouted at her to delete the photos from her cellphone.

A student grabbed the phone out of her hand and threw it to the ground. Another student picked it up and gave it back to her as she got into her car. She deleted all but one photo.

They then  jumped on her car and hit it with the sticks they had been carrying.

"One of them tried to hit me in the face with a stick, but another student blocked it with his arm. I shouted at them and they eventually backed off. I can't even explain to you how scary this was," she said.

Police were only a few metres away and looked more scared than she did, Petersen said. When the students had gone, they came over and asked if she was okay.

She praised campus security, whom she said had tried to get through the throng of students and help her. They brought her sugar water. Apart from a few scratches, the students did not cause any damage to her car.

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