Guard punches Cape Town photographer

2013-05-28 13:11

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Cape Town - A newspaper photographer was allegedly punched by a home affairs security guard after taking pictures of refugees being sprayed with water in Cape Town, the Cape Argus reported on Tuesday.

Thomas Holder, a freelance photographer for the Argus, was reportedly outside the Refugee Reception Centre in Cape Town on Monday morning, where about 1 000 people had gathered to renew their asylum seeker documents.

When the gate opened, the crowd surged in and Holder started taking photos.

"Almost immediately, personnel began spraying the refugees with water from a fire hose," he told the newspaper.

He was quoted as saying that security guards noticed him taking pictures of them pushing people out of the doorway of the centre and battling to close the gate.

They apparently told him to stop and when he refused, another security guard stepped in and grabbed him, before punching him in the chest.

Mafoko Security Cape Town manager Newton Mathosa told the newspaper the allegations were false and said he did not see anything like that happen.

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