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Photographer assaulted at Unisa

2011-08-23 14:53

Cape Town - A photographer from Beeld newspaper was assaulted by Unisa security guards on Tuesday while investigating complaints about a stench in a campus building.

The security guard had earlier refused to grant Beeld's reporter, Alet Rademeyer, and the photographer, Craig Nieuwenhuizen, access to the Es'kia Mphahlele building.

When the guard walked to the main entrance of the building, Nieuwenhuizen and Rademeyer followed him. 

According to Rademeyer a second guard approached them, shouting that they should return to the gate. He shoved Nieuwenhuizen.

An argument ensued, after which Nieuwenhuizen and Rademeyer walked to the gate.

At the gate the guard grabbed Nieuwenhuizen by the throat. Two or three more guards started to hit the photographer.

Nieuwenhuizen took pepper spray from his pocket to ward of the attackers. According to Rademeyer he fell to the ground while the guards continued kicking him and ignoring her pleas for them to stop.

Peet Kruger, editor of Beeld, said in response to the assault that "thuggery of this sort is unacceptable and flies in the face of democracy".

"The journalists were at a building at a public institution.

"The role of journalists is to tell the story of all South Africans so that ordinary people can be heard and problems can be highlighted in the hope that people with the proper authority can fix them.

"In this case the story was about the unpleasant working conditions of Unisa staff after the department of labour had ordered the air conditioning to be shut off.

"Assault and violence is not the way to handle investigations and debate."

Unisa spokesperson Doreen Gough said they deeply regret the incident.

"We’ve always had a good relationship with Beeld and the other photographers. We are investigating the incident," she said.

Comments
  • onmyway - 2011-08-23 15:00

    Well....four or five guards could only manage a little scrape to the eye. I hope the photographer did better with the pepper spray...

      McDaNife - 2011-08-23 15:32

      The guards were only doing there job, something nasty must have been said to them to be provoked.

      GinSA1 - 2011-08-23 15:38

      Clearly McDaNife, you were there if you pose your comment as a statement rather than a question. So what did the Journalist and the photographer say, and did you assist with the assault?

      McDaNife - 2011-08-23 15:42

      Gin if it was not the journalists what would your comment be. You dont hear of thuggery at the UNISA coz these guards do their job well.

      Brieuse - 2011-08-23 16:14

      McDaNife, you mention that maybe the camera man said something untoward to the security guard. I suppose you have the opinion that assault is allowed under those circumstances? Pretty dumb that the guards beat up a person working for a newspaper. Certainly they'll get mentioned in the next print.

      Kleinjan - 2011-08-23 16:19

      If they did their job they should have used minimum force. Was 4 guys kicking 1 guy on the ground minimum force? If that's the case they should use minimum force by opening live fire on the security guards.

      Logoll - 2011-08-23 16:32

      @Kleinjan have you ever seen what happens to a person when 4 guys are kicking them while they lie on the ground. Much much more than just a scrape under the eye

      ProudExpat - 2011-08-23 16:54

      McDaNife are you a retarded piece of crap? You don't need to hit or kick someone to remove them from the premises you useless waste of skin.

      Jbird - 2011-08-23 18:28

      There is always 2 sides to a story. However assaulting a person is very rarely the right option unless it is in self defence. Motsokwane as for calling all afrikaners lousy pieces of stink that is a bit rich coming from you. I bet you are always the first to play the victim and request people to stop generalising that all blacks are criminals but then you spew it out. The problem with this country is that there are far to few serious people willing to sort out the mess. Most of the people on this page act like spoiled children who have had their last sweet stolen. We need people who are part of the solution and by all accounts Motsokwane you just don't fit the bill. Have a nice day.

      ProudExpat - 2011-08-23 19:54

      @@ANCYL4PRES: Typical racist comment, or the photographer should shoot all 5 security guards in self defence, you retarded waste of skin.

      relievedexpa - 2011-08-23 20:28

      motsokwane Mr FIR - learn to write and spell english please you idiot. You're a prime example of why that hell hole is in the state it is in

  • Toetsen - 2011-08-23 15:00

    Sue them up to their very last penny,these scoundrels are law unto themselves!!

      bvdwesthuizen - 2011-08-23 15:11

      This is a sign of the time and the lawlesness we find ourselves surrounded by everyday. Give a person a position of power and it goes to there head and beleive me this is not a colour issue but just a natural progession that we have seen since 94. Everyone is a law unto there own. Thuggery bribery and corruption is the order of the day and if it is not dealt with immediately we are going to see anarchy in this country.

      Hochang - 2011-08-23 15:40

      Do you actually think that the secirity guards can afford the law suit?

      DW - 2011-08-23 17:19

      Hochang, I think Toetsen meant that the journalists should sue the security guards, not the other way around....

  • P!NK - 2011-08-23 15:08

    What are they hiding is the first thought that comes to mind - why would the guards go to such lengths? What barbaric behavior. Either way I agree suspend them pending investigation

      umhlopo - 2011-08-23 21:44

      probably ancyl members,they can put on their cvs that they were at varsity

  • Grant - 2011-08-23 15:14

    Isn't this the example that is set by our sterling police force??

  • zulufox - 2011-08-23 15:22

    and it's gonna be a HUGE issue because ...?

      wombles - 2011-08-23 15:28

      because you're a muppet why is dragging your brother behind a bakkie a HUGE issue

  • simodi - 2011-08-23 15:22

    lekker trap he think he s smart'shapa security shapa'hy s baie laagstag.

      Goose - 2011-08-23 16:20

      I rest my case. Blacks are the biggest most hateful racists in the world incapable of doing anything for themselves except to "DEMUND" continuously. Never, never take responsibility for their own destiny, ALWAYS blame it on everything and anything else, except yourself.

      relievedexpa - 2011-08-23 20:52

      Goose for president!!

      umhlopo - 2011-08-23 21:45

      you really are thick

  • David Robert Lewis - 2011-08-23 15:41

    Try apologising for apartheid and coming clean about the Robbie Jansen stink, and the people might be more willing to allow Media24 journalists to do their work.

      Kenno - 2011-08-23 16:05

      You sad bleeding heart! You will never be accepted by the masses, so dream on!

      Kevin - 2011-08-23 20:45

      You are definitely an idiot. I came to SA as an adult, I became involved inthe "struggle", I was jailed and victimised by the previous government and my reward is to be discriminated against. I also brought capital into this country. I have nothing to apologise for and do I regret my decision of 43 years ago you better believe it. When I read of incidents of this nature and the puerile rubbish of Malema Miyeni et al I regret it very much. Are the institutions of higher learning not up to standard you better believe it, are the hospitals not up to standard you better believe it. The only institution that has gone from strength to strength is the institutionalised corruption of the National Party now in the hands of the ANC.

      umhlopo - 2011-08-23 21:46

      you looking for a govt tender

  • Toi - 2011-08-23 16:00

    Well truth is something provoking must have been said, why did the photographer and reporter not listen to the guard and not follow him inside, is it that maybe he is black and was undermined??? Security guards just beating a white man???

      relievedexpa - 2011-08-23 20:51

      @ Toi.... is it because I'm black?? Boohoo, dry your tears and get that chip off your shoulder. That old sentence is so tired already.

      umhlopo - 2011-08-23 21:48

      are you feeling ok - you look rather black today

  • William - 2011-08-23 16:00

    Helle het goed blakzems gekry. No nonsense approach. Undermine a security guard and kry die trap van jou leewe. If you think white skin will give you an advantage, good luck.

      relievedexpa - 2011-08-23 20:12

      William - you are obviously black, you poor thing - get that chip of your shoulder. I would rather think that my white skin gave me an advantage than KNOW that my black skin gives me an advantage. At least they got a good old dose of pepper spray - not that there is anything behind those black eyes that must have been burning from that spray.

      umhlopo - 2011-08-23 21:49

      the only reason someone becomes a security guard is because they are too dumb for the police force

  • Gysbert Nortje - 2011-08-23 16:06

    Par for the course for Unisa--an institution run by thugs, catering for thugs, and employing thugs.

  • Gysbert Nortje - 2011-08-23 16:07

    Par for the course for Unisa--and institution run by thugs, staffed by thugs, and catering for thugs. This is the direct result of the institutionalized racialism promoted by the likes of Pityana, Moeketsi and their ilk. But it's good that it's come out: I am circulating this article as widely as possibly, including to overseas universities.

  • Travis Vermaak - 2011-08-23 16:10

    Never been there but what if the source of the stench is a dead body, and the security gaurds are trying to cover it up and deny publicity....just saying??

      umhlopo - 2011-08-23 21:50

      maybe the stench is the security guards

  • DarkEmpress - 2011-08-23 16:11

    Put race aside. The fact that a journalist was assaulted and beaten to the ground for wanting to take a photo, is outrageous. Whatever happened to freedom of speech and the right of the media to investigate a story? And that resulted in five security guards assaulting one photographer!! You hear these stories in Libya, Afghanistan ... not at the Unisa building. Shameful.

      fragtion - 2011-08-23 16:25

      Well said. It's not about race, but the black man's stupidity always turns it into a race issue. THEY FORCE it into a race issue. So they must not complain, but rather accept their incompetence and try do something about it if they wish to become a successful and prosperous race after all. To all the black guys in this thread who think you're smart: If you SERIOUSLY think that assaulting a F*cking JOURNALIST for doing their JOB is civilized behaviour, then you don't know what civilized behaviour is and let me tell you if you run the country with those sorts of undertones, AFRICA will REMAIN a backwards DARK continent. Good luck, I hope you find some sense

      relievedexpa - 2011-08-23 20:09

      Very well said to both of you. It is for reasons such as these that SA is in the state that it is in. Where common criminals are running the country and their followers are just as brainless as they are. That place is a joke and the people who write rubbish like the guards were doing their jobs are just as much of a joke. they were armed with a camera and a note pad - hardly grounds for assault

  • Fedup - 2011-08-23 16:15

    One side of the story and you all make conclusions. Have anybody bothered to take the security guards side of the events? What happened to balanced reporting. Journalist think they are the law unto themselves, did they have permission to enter. BIased reporting as usuall at least this time he got donderd.

      relievedexpa - 2011-08-23 20:05

      If it wasn't for reporters, clueless individuals such as yourself living in that hell hole would not know what was going on. If you hate reporters so much, why are you reading these articles or watching the news. Get a life please. You must be married to a security guard - they have no right to assualt anyone doing their job, they had a camaera and a note pad not an automatic assault weapon.

      umhlopo - 2011-08-23 21:51

      are you a machingalane

  • Goose - 2011-08-23 16:17

    This is the unbridled hate of the average black in SA against whites. They are brainwashed to see every white man as the enemy. Unfortunately the average black person in SA is still a savage who has no concept of honesty, integrity, the constitution, the law etc. They only understand jungle rules...

  • Kevin - 2011-08-23 16:18

    Firstly...investigate whether these guards/company have the correct credentials and training.The security industry needs to turned upside down to root out all these foreigners without the legal papers.You'll probably find we have a foreign legion of immigrants which would constitute an army in our country paid to protect people and property,yet have they been thoroughly scrutinised????

  • Dog!! - 2011-08-23 16:21

    The fact that the Unisa spokesperson Doreen Gough apologized tells me that she is white. Have you ever heard JM spokesperson apologize for any wrongdoing? Ye you are right!! they are all black!! That is the way they are "the untouchables"

  • the rock - 2011-08-23 16:28

    But that is a very small scratch. Why did they defy such a simple order? at least they deserve a better punishment.

      relievedexpa - 2011-08-23 19:57

      Small Scratch - 5 stiches moron

  • My Worldly Thoughts - 2011-08-23 16:56

    Could the person who wrote this article please learn how to use the word "allegedly". Please figure out what it means, I think that photo you have up there makes it fact, not alleged.

      fragtion - 2011-08-23 17:08

      Did the writer actually WITNESS these events? Have they been proven conclusive by evidence in a court of law? I don't think so. It's therefore the writer's responsibility to make sure that unbiased accounts are what we read. What if he was not assaulted? If you're not entirely certain about what happened, then it's 'allegedly' is perfect, stop complaining about trivialities

      My Worldly Thoughts - 2011-08-23 17:56

      "Unisa spokesperson Doreen Gough said they deeply regret the incident." I guess she should of said the alleged incident.

  • Newsferret - 2011-08-23 18:00

    Sue UNISA

  • PinkAndProud - 2011-08-23 18:20

    This is exactly what happens when you give uneducated imbeciles the tiniest bit of 'authority' or 'power'. Just like our cops, it goes to their heads and they think they're the 'baas' without realising their actual station in life.

  • ProudExpat - 2011-08-23 18:24

    Everyone who has commented here, do you have any common sense. Did you know you do not need to assault and kick someone to remove them from the premises. There were 4/5 of them, you can pick the person up and move them off the premises. They could lock the gate? He didn't try to force himself inside did he? Unisa is a public place shouldn't anyone allowed access to the building unless it is stated that it is restricted to staff which means it should be locked and only be accessed through authorisation?

  • Jbird - 2011-08-23 18:31

    To all the racists on this page. Seriously let it go. Not all black people are bad and not all white people are bad.

  • tiyiselani - 2011-08-23 19:09

    saftey first craig u a da one who cause.bcoz when security told u no 1 is allowed 2enter u use force. who the hell u a so next time when security told u.u are not allowed 2enter take the advice

      ProudExpat - 2011-08-23 19:51

      Can you read idiot? Read the article... According to Rademeyer a second guard approached them, shouting that they should return to the gate. He shoved Nieuwenhuizen. An argument ensued, after which Nieuwenhuizen and Rademeyer walked to the gate. At the gate the guard grabbed Nieuwenhuizen by the throat. Two or three more guards started to hit the photographer. THEY WERE RETURNING TO THE GATE SO THEY LISTENED. LEARN TO READ!

      fragtion - 2011-08-23 19:57

      @ProudExpat I think what you meant to say was "Can you read OR WRITE, idiot?" ;)

      relievedexpa - 2011-08-23 20:34

      tiyiselani my black friend - go back to school please. Your writing is disgusting. YOU idiots want to run the country but you have no idea, seriously. What a joke

      umhlopo - 2011-08-23 21:56

      i have klapped one or two of these watch boys in my time,more out of frustration than anything else,good lord they are thick

      umhlopo - 2011-08-23 21:59

      dumb dumber dumbest then comes tiyiselane (rather write in to a phineas column)

      Crabapple1 - 2011-08-25 07:14

      Why don't you just go play in the traffic and relieve society from an idiot like yourself, you piece of c#$^

  • relievedexpa - 2011-08-23 20:30

    @ ANCYL4PRES - how super intelligent of you to want to shoot someone between the eyes for wanting to investigate a story. You're almost as smart as your president with his grade 4

      umhlopo - 2011-08-23 21:57

      look who the prick supports

  • relievedexpa - 2011-08-23 20:43

    McDaNife - you are such a retard and such a classic example of why that hell hole is in the state that it is. The country is being run by a bunch of ocmmon criminals with 12 years of schooling between them. You, Logoll, ANCYL4PRES and motsokwane should all start your own political party, you obviously have all the answers. Get that chip off your shoulders boys... oops, I may not say boys hey?

      Simangele - 2011-08-23 21:30

      well done guard,.....

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