eNCA journalists robbed at gunpoint in Khayelitsha

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  • eNCA journalist Monique Mortlock and camera operator Asanda Javu were robbed at gunpoint in Khayelitsha.
  • They were reporting on a package eNCA was presenting on service delivery, and the state of roads in South Africa.  
  • Their earlier reportage had shown potholes and sewage in some streets as they moved from suburb to suburb. 

eNCA journalist Monique Mortlock and camera operator Asanda Javu were robbed at gunpoint in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, on Wednesday. 

"Reporter Monique Mortlock and camera operator Asanda Javu were in Khayelitsha, reporting on the lack of service delivery in the area," eNCA reported on its website. 

Their camera kit and cellphones were taken.

To add to their trauma, Mortlock tweeted they were asked to go to a different police station to report the attack, but were eventually assisted at the first one they visited.

Their earlier reportage had shown potholes and sewage in some streets as they moved from suburb to suburb to highlight the growing problem.  

eNCA said they were attacked after a live crossing to The Lead. 

Police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk said the eNCA crew were robbed by four armed men as they were packing up their camera equipment after conducting interviews at Jafta K Masemola Road, opposite Luthando School, at 15:50.

Their camera equipment and phones were taken. No shots were fired.

Van Wyk asked anyone with information to contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

eNCA was appalled by the attack. 

"This callous act occurred during broad daylight while Monique and Asanda were covering an issue about the impact of poor service delivery on the lives of the Khayelitsha community.

"We're appealing to the law enforcement agencies to act swiftly and arrest these [criminals]."

Earlier this year, Mortlock lodged a complaint of assault with the police after a protester pulled off her mask while she was covering resistance to a lockdown beach ban.

The protester, Craig Peiser, was sent for a psychiatric evaluation and was found not fit to stand trial.

He was released from a psychiatric institution a few days later.


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