Police Reluctant to Help Journalist and Cameraman Robbed at Gunpoint

Police Reluctant to Help Journalist and Cameraman Robbed at Gunpoint

- An eNCA journalist and cameraman were robbed at gunpoint in Khayelistha

- They tried to open a case at the local police station but were met with resistance by the officers on duty

- Eventually, they were introduced to a senior officer who proceeded to help them

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Monique Mortlock, a journalist for eNCA and cameraman Asanda Javu were robbed at gunpoint in Khayelistha and when they reported the crime the local police were reluctant to help.

They were reporting on the lack of service delivery in the area and had just finished a live crossing to the studio when the thieves struck.

Their camera equipment and cellphones were stolen by the thieves. They reported to a nearby police station, however, when they tried to open a case Mortlock revealed that the police said that the crime did not take place in their jurisdiction.

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"We were just robbed at gunpoint in Khayelitsha after doing a 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 2 min drive from where it happened) because it's not in their jurisdiction WTF."

She explained that she and Javu had not been rude. They were taken to a higher ranking officer who then proceeded to help them.

Tweeps were quick to officer their advice and reactions to the incident:


"That is nonsense , you can charge at any police station. They can send the docket over."


"We deal with that attitude on an almost daily basis, sometimes people leave without even opening their cases. It's like you have to bribe someone for assistance. Nobody gives a damn. Robbery is our daily bread. When a criminal is caught by the community, they are the first to arrive."

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"Lay a complaint against the officer who refused to help you even though they are helping now. This is a really bad trend and it happened to me too. You can report at any police station and they are duty-bound not to turn you away. More trauma after already suffering a trauma."

Police Reluctant to Help Journalist and Cameraman Robbed at Gunpoint
Monique Mortlock was robbed at gunpoint moments after a love broadcast in Khayelistha. Photo credit: Monique Mortlock
Source: Facebook

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that an 88-year-old woman from KwaZulu-natal did not enjoy her Easter weekend like everyone else. The woman from Sea Park in Port Shepstone was forced at gun and knifepoint to cook a meal for an intruder.

The thug then wrapped himself in her blanket and watched TV for almost three hours in her home on Good Friday. The pensioner's daughter, Marilyn Glockle, took to Facebook to share her mom's traumatic Easter weekend experience.

"Besides stealing the few items of value she has left after previous burglaries - she was also forced to cook the intruder food which he ate while watching TV and wrapped in her blanket which he also stole. This ordeal lasted more than 2 hours. We can only be grateful she wasn't killed. The crime in this area is totally out of control."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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