- An anti-mask protester has been deemed unfit to stand trial for assault
- He had allegedly assaulted eNCA journalist Monique Mortlock during an anti lockdown protest
- A psychiatric assessment determined that Peiser was unable to tell the difference between right and wrong
An anti-mask protester allegedly assaulted a journalist during a lockdown beach protest. Craig Peiser has been deemed unfit to stand trial and he has voluntarily admitted himself into Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital.
A psychiatric assessment determined that Peiser was unable to determine right from wrong. He allegedly assaulted eNCA journalist Monique Mortlock when her mask was pulled from her face.
He was filmed outside the court in Simon's Town where he explained what he was thinking when he allegedly assaulted Mortlock according to News24.
The protest started when a group of community members gathered at the beach to protest against the nationwide lockdown that started early last year and has seen a number of restrictions placed on South Africans by the government. This was before beaches were reopened.
"We are on Fish Hoek Beach to cover the #WeAreMore protest against lockdown. But one of the organisers just assaulted me, even with officers around us. He refuses to speak to me because I'm wearing a mask."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has condemned the actions of the Fish Hoek beach protestors. His criticism comes after one of the protestors pulled the mask off the face of reporter Monique Mortlock, who had been trying to get an interview.
Winde also criticised the protestors who refused to wear masks and follow Covid-19 health and safety regulations, adding that the violation of the regulations would not be tolerated by him or the Western Cape government.
“I strongly condemn the abuse of journalists by protesters at Fish Hoek Beach as well as the complete disregard for Covid-19 regulations and the law," wrote Winde in a statement on Twitter.
In other news, a new term has been coined for over-entitled women and men who rage against employees over simple issues. Recently, mask policies in stores have become a bugbear for a lot of 'Karens' particularly in the US. However, now and then a South African 'Karen' hits the headlines.
A woman went ballistic in a Pick 'n Pay in South Africa when the staff asked her to wear a mask. Yusuf Abramjee uploaded a video that was taken which documented the woman's meltdown.
She began shouting about her rights and produced a document in which she claimed that the Constitutional Court declared the lockdown unconstitutional and illegal.
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