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Bradlow reunited with family

Adil Bradlow says being detained in Egypt was one of his worst experiences.

South African cameraman Adil Bradlow arriving in Johannesburg after being detained by Egyptian authorities. Picture: Mbali Sibanyoni/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - South African photojournalist and cameraman Adil Bradlow has been reunited with his family.

Bradlow arrived at Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport a short while ago.

Bradlow and three of his colleagues were taken into custody in Cairo last week while on assignment for international news network Al Jazeera.

They reportedly got into trouble for filming in Egypt without accreditation.

Bradlow was released on Sunday after being held for six days.

He said being detained in Egypt was one of his worst experiences.

"The conditions were pretty tough. We were caught up in a big sweep the army is doing right now-just rounding everyone up left right and centre."

He thanked South Africans for their support and said it's good to be home.

It's still unclear exactly why Bradlow and his colleagues were detained.

His long-time friend Benny Gool said he thinks authorities have a problem with Al Jazeera.

"No one really knows. I think the authorities have a problem with Al Jazeera rather than anything else."

Meanwhile, Al Jazeera said on Monday it believes it's become a target for Egyptian authorities.

Al Jazeera's Southern Africa bureau chief Thembisa Fakude questioned the detention of his colleagues.

He told Eyewitness News details surrounding their release are still sketchy.

Fakude said while he's relieved Bradlow and his fellow workers have been released, some of their foreign reporters still remain in custody.

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation has also not divulged details and reasons for their detention.

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