News24 journalist detained at UKZN Westville campus

2016-09-30 14:49
Protesting UKZN students. (Jeff Wicks/News24)

Protesting UKZN students. (Jeff Wicks/News24)

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Durban - News24 journalist Kaveel Singh has been detained by private security guards and police at UKZN's Westville campus while covering a student protest.

Singh was busy taking a video of the protests with his cellphone when an officer grabbed it from his hand and deleted the video.

A scuffle ensued.

"They pushed me and shoved me around," said Singh.

Guards employed by private security company MI 7 then grabbed him and pushed him into their van, where he was being detained.

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A police officer on the scene told News24 editor-in-chief Adriaan Basson that the police were still deciding whether they would charge Singh.

Provincial police spokesperson Jay Naicker said he would intervene and ensure that Singh was released by the police officer in charge at the scene.

He repeatedly showed them his business card that says he is a journalist for News24.com.

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The incident happened shortly after police fired rubber bullets and dropped a stun grenade after being confronted by University of KwaZulu-Natal students.

A Sasco member, who asked not to be named, said they were going from class to class to shut the entire campus down. 

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