SABC robbery: Armed robbers threaten to 'shoot this dog'
The perpetrators appeared to be totally unaware of the fact that the incident was live on camera.
JOHANNESBURG - An SABC journalist who was mugged on camera in front of the Milpark Hospital last night, says the two men that robbed him had a gun and said 'shoot this dog' before running off with his cellphone.
Vuyo Mvoko was preparing to do a live crossing from outside the hospital where the president of Zambia has been hospitalised, when the two men approached him just a minute before he was due to go on air.
The men appeared unfazed by the television camera and spotlight or the fact that it was recording them.
Watch: SABC's Vuyo Mvoko mugged during a live crossing.
Speaking to the public broadcaster after the incident, Mvoko described what happened.
"They were looking for phones and because I wasn't giving him the phone, he then called the other one who had a gun and said 'dubula le nja' (shoot this dog). At that point, Sophie Mokoena just screamed 'give him the phone', so I gave it to him. I think they took about two or three phones."
The dramatic footage has since gone viral.
In the video, Mvoko can be heard saying "we're being mugged".
Shortly after the incident, Mvoko took to Twitter to assure the South Africans that he is safe.
"I'm Safe & sound."
The incident has sparked a wave of reaction, with many people slamming the armed gang for robbing people on live televistion.
The candidates for Newsmaker of the Year are the two idiots who mugged the Sabc crew. A certain radio presenter doesn't know @vuyo_mvoko— Selby Bokaba (@Selbybok) March 11, 2015
Come to think of It, Vuyo Mvoko could have been murdered on live tv. That's how hectic things are in SA— Jimi Hendrix 2.0 (@Bikomfident) March 11, 2015
Thank God you're all safe and sound @vuyo_mvoko,SA thugs thy no longer negotiate,they stab or shot#VuyoMvoko— IG: teboho_bok (@teboho_bok) March 11, 2015