SABC journalists robbed, camera stolen while reporting in Alexandra

SABC journalists robbed, camera stolen while reporting in Alexandra

- Two journalists have been robbed in Alexandra

- They were filming visuals for a news story on the service delivery protests

- Men apparently accosted them and took their camera

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A pair of SABC journalists was reportedly robbed in Alexandra on Tuesday.

Reporter Natasha Phiri and cameraman Sbu Mcedane were confronted by men who stole their camera after trying and failing to hijack their car.

The incident took place in broad daylight.

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The robbery occurred on 11th Avenue, which is one of the busiest roads in Alexandra. The journalists were on the scene to report on the recent service delivery protests in the township.

According to the SABC, Phiri yelled for help when the robbers accosted her, but no bystanders came to her aid. She says that were other people on the street, but that they did not do anything to help. 

Phiri said she was shocked by the incident, but said that neither she nor Mcedane was harmed. The SABC also expressed outrage over the incident, calling on members of the public to refrain from buying the stolen camera on the black market.

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Additionally, the broadcaster released a public statement in which they implored the public to let journalists do their work without being harassed, according to the Daily Sun.

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Phiri says she and Mcedane were on 11th Avenue to film visuals for a piece Mn the service delivery protests and mayor Herman Mashaba's unsuccessful attempt to address the residents, Briefly.co.za has gathered.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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