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R100k reward offered for info on SABC robbers

Vuyo Mvoko was robbed at gunpoint in full view of television cameras as he prepared to do a live crossing.

A screengrab shows two men that robbed the SABC news crew while preparing to go live on air outside Milpark Hospital on 10 March 2015

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng police are offering R100,000 for any information that would lead to the arrest and conviction of two men who robbed the SABC news crew outside the Millpark Hospital this week.

The public broadcaster's Vuyo Mvoko was robbed at gunpoint in full view of television cameras as he prepared to do a live crossing.

Mvoko's cellphone as well as the cellphones of his colleagues were taken by the two suspects who appeared completely oblivious to the fact that they were being recorded.

Picture: A screengrab shows one of the men that mugged the SABC news crew.

Police spokesperson Noxolo Kweza says any information brought forward to help with their identification would help speed up the investigation.

"At this stage we're busy with the television footage and requesting the media if they could also show the faces so that people can be able to memorise the faces properly. That would also help a lot."

Picture: A screengrab showing both men that mugged the SABC news crew.

Meanwhile, there has been widespread criticism of the incident.

The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) says it's concerning that the suspects brazenly ignored the TV camera and made no attempt to hide their identities.

The Communications Department has condemned the incident.

The department's Ayanda Holo says it reflects badly on the country as a whole.

"This incident and other similar criminal activities that occur in the country impact negatively on individuals and society as a whole. Government has intensified the fight against crime and to protect the rights of citizens as stated in the constitution, and will continue its efforts to reduce crime."

Footage of the armed robbery has since gone viral.

Watch: SABC's Vuyo Mvoko mugged during a live crossing.

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