Farm protests: Photographer shot in back

2012-11-14 18:20

Johannesburg - A news photographer was shot with a rubber bullet during farmworkers' protests in the Western Cape, the SA National Editors' Forum (Sanef) said on Wednesday.

"Mandla Mnyakama, a photographer from the Daily Sun, was allegedly shot in the back with a rubber bullet by police while covering the protests near Robertson," it said in a statement.

"In the same protest, Lulama Zenzile, a photographer at Die Burger, was injured while standing 20 yards [about 18m] from the police," Sanef said in a statement.

Zenzile, whose nose was bleeding, had since been discharged from a clinic.

Sanef said other reporters at the scene had confirmed the incidents.

"Sanef is seeking further information about these incidents. We have as yet received no official response from police, despite inquiries."

Western Cape police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel André Traut said: "I can confirm the incident in which a photographer was shot with a rubber bullet, the circumstances of which are being investigated."

  • fanie.gerber1972 - 2012-11-14 18:30

    Chasing these kind of stories - you are playing with fire and might get hurt....keep your wits about you, and stay out of the firing line IE stand BEHIND the Police line

      luther.kingsley.5 - 2012-11-14 18:36

      18 years since 1994, and we still have not proven Malan and Vervoerd wrong... what an utter disappointment.

      Jason - 2012-11-14 18:36

      Never put yourself between the cops and protesters. Reporters who cover wars and violent strikes etc are a special breed. Our reporters think they can casually walk into this mess like heros. Its not so easy. you need to be able to read the crowd and the cops and know where to stand and when to take risks.

      andrew.hendrikse - 2012-11-14 18:54

      EINA!! It must have hurt like hell!!! I was bitten by a police dog during a UCT rally in has always been a great story to tell, very PC..worth the pain....I lost my front teeth during officers training at Infantry School Oudtschoorn in 1985 but no-one gives a damm about that story!!

      johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-11-14 18:58

      Put up a signboard! Men at work.

      boltonbarry - 2012-11-14 19:17

      AG please. IN the BACK with a rubber bullet. WOOOOW. is he in ICS. has his next of kin been notified..Is the poor journoulista going to survive it

  • piet.lombard.5 - 2012-11-14 18:31

    Yep... wrong place at the wrong time... No sinpathy....

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-11-15 10:48


  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-11-14 18:36

    Most probably were, in the line of fire.

  • Andre Kapp - 2012-11-14 18:36

    Negative reporting. Trying to place the police in a bad light. Wrong place wrong time mr photographer. These are dangerous situations. Get a real job and stay out of harms way. The farmers also only trying to do their job, and they are also in danger, but not by their choice. So wake the hell up

      barry.mcbride - 2012-11-14 18:55

      I agree, but unsure why being a photographer isn't considered a real job in your opinion?

      christian.denyschen - 2012-11-14 22:47

      Barry I have to agree with you, they play a big part in the news world. the phrase: a picture says a thousand words comes to mind eyewitnesses will forget after a while but picture evidence last or could last forever. wish you a speedy recovery but next time please do remember no job is worth your life.

  • christopher.m.lowe - 2012-11-14 18:54

    One dead and a photographer shot in the back. The ANC, and that serial sh*t stirrer, Tony Ehrenreich, have got so much to answer for. Blood on their hands too.

  • JevonMarshallJohnson - 2012-11-14 18:57

    Oh yeah sure.....lets waste time investigating pointless rubbish. If you strike illegally and are violent in any way you deserve to be shot.

      sipho.skepu - 2012-11-14 19:04

      Bloody fool it was a photographer that was shot.

  • roxanne.akal - 2012-11-14 19:05

    You guys make me so angry. These people put themselves out there in the line of fire for US, the public. They don't have to do that, but they do it so that we can see the injustices that are happening. I doubt any of you would be brave enough to even be out there, let alone getting those incredible photos that capture what is going on. We should be praising them, instead of saying how stupid they are to be there. Without them we would be in the dark. And what on earth does apartheid have to do with this? They were not shot for being a certain colour, they were shot because unfortunately their job requires them to put themselves out there, just as a soldier would, except they are not recognised for their bravery as much or as often as they should be.

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-11-14 19:13

    55-200 lens should suffice... idiot....

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-11-14 19:14

    You can get great photos from a distance too

  • Andre Kapp - 2012-11-14 19:36

    Probably the only good shot for him all day.... Lol

  • Karel du Toit - 2012-11-14 19:41

    If you want to stand between a rock and a hard place prepared to be squashed.

  • lunga.matsikechangu - 2012-11-14 19:50

    Juniour juno, first field practical lesson never to be ahead of man with gun at anytime and situation, better it was a rubber bullet

  • William Themba - 2012-11-14 19:52

    photographer was doing his job,Not to be shotd by the police shaMe.

      Craig - 2012-11-14 20:54

      I just love the way the only real info they give in this story is about the cops that shot one photographer. The other photographer they barely mentioned was thrown in the face with a stone by the strikers.

  • leon.vonsolms - 2012-11-14 21:21

    Casulty of war.

  • altus.kirsten - 2012-11-14 22:33

    First time the police got a better shot than the photographer....

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