eNCA news crew ‘robbed at gunpoint’ – just moments after live broadcast

Reporters for eNCA news were targeted by armed robbers on Wednesday afternoon, shortly after completing a live crossing back to the studio – the group was held up at gunpoint for their equipment, while working in Khayelitsha.

eNCA reporters mugged in Khayelitsha

The sprawling township just outside of Cape Town has been unsettled for a while, with frequent protests about service delivery and housing spilling onto a number of major highways. This week, attention has turned to the abysmal state of the roads within Khayelitsha, and eNCA turned up to assess the situation.

Sadly for them, they were subjected to a horrendous ordeal. Nobody was hurt during the confrontation, but the volatile atmosphere here is stopping journalists and municipal workers from trying to help these communities.

Robbery of news crew sparks anger

Monique Mortlock was delivering a piece to camera, just moments before being apprehended. The trauma, however, didn’t stop with the robbery: According to the reporter, a local police officer only served to prolong the harrowing experience…

“We were just robbed at gunpoint in Khayelitsha after doing a live crossing. Now my colleague and I have to deal with an inept police officer telling us we can’t open the case at this station – a two-minute drive from where it happened – because it’s not in their jurisdiction… WTF?”

“When I told this officer; ‘it happened around the corner from this station, how can we not open a case here’ … he tells us to ‘not be on top of him’. I told him we’re traumatised and want this sorted – he then said ‘I’m also traumatised!’ – MY BRU!”

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Presh JM Reporter

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