- Armed robbers targeted a sports anchor and her crew in Khayelitsha, Cape Town.
- They were there to interview Springbok Women's player Babalwa Latsha.
- Western Cape police are investigating the incident.
A gang of armed robbers held a sports anchor and her crew at gunpoint in Khayelitsha on Saturday and robbed them of equipment while they were working there.
Western Cape police spokesperson Colonel Andrè Traut said the incident happened in Phumlani Street, in Lingelethu West.
Sports anchor Elma Smit, who was part of the crew,
said they were compiling a profile of Springbok Women's team member, Babalwa
Latsha, at a park near the player's home, when three men walked up to them.
"We had already started shooting and were about to sit down with Babalwa and talk to her when three guys walked up to us. I saw one of them carrying a gun and I turned to Babalwa and quickly asked her to hide my phone. They took the filming equipment and a cellphone and wallet belonging to one of the crew members," Smit told News24.
Smit later took to Twitter to post about it.
What makes me sad, is that our mission was to show the world how all of Babalwa’s work (on and also off the field) is about creating hope. By playing rugby for her country & restoring dignity through her foundation. We are safe and unharmed, our spirits just took a knock ??— Elma Smit (@Elmakapelma) April 17, 2021
Earlier this month, robbers accosted an eNCA news crew in the same area.
Journalist Monique Mortlock had just finished her live crossing when the crew was held at gunpoint and their equipment was taken.
Police have appealed to the public for further information, asking them to contact the Crime Stop number on 08600 10111.