Police manhandle and arrest journo at Gumede protest, video goes viral

Police manhandle and arrest journo at Gumede protest, video goes viral

- On Thursday, an Independent Media journalist was arrested and manhandled by Durban Metro Police

- The incident took place outside the Durban City Hall, where South Africans were protesting in support of Zandile Gumede

- The video was captured by freelance journo Des Erasmus, who posted it on Twitter as it happened

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On Thursday morning, freelance journalist Des Erasmus filmed Durban Metro Police as they manhandled and arrested a fellow journo at a Gumede protest.

IOL confirmed the identity of the journo as Independent Media's Sihle Mavuso, who works for the group's political bureau.

"Police have just assaulted an IOL journalist. He has been arrested. #ZandileGumede," Erasmus captioned the video.

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Briefly.co.za saw in more tweets that Erasmus said Mavuso was reportedly mistaken for a protester.

"Sihle was trying to film a man being arrested. It appears he was mistaken for a protestor. I posted this as it happened. I am trying to get more details and will add. Suffice to say it was volatile and tense," he wrote.

Following the alleged misunderstanding, Erasmus said cops called on journos to wear media identification to avoid further mishaps.

"Police have sent out a text asking journalists to wear their media identification 'so that police officers cannot claim they did not know you are journalists'. This is valid. I believe Sihle has been taken to Durban Central. I am trying to get hold of him," he wrote.

Meanwhile, Mavuso has been released by police and has decided to press charges, citing assault as grounds for the case.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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