VIP guard assaults EWN journalist

EWN's Reinart Toerien was slapped while trying to film outside Nelson Mandela's home.

A car transporting President Jacob Zuma (far left) leaves Nelson Mandela's Houghton home on 18 November 2013. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - An Eyewitness News journalist has been assaulted by a man believed to be a VIP Protection Unit police officer guarding President Jacob Zuma during a visit to Nelson Mandela's home this morning.

Multimedia producer Reinart Toerien was slapped across the upper body as he tried to film Zuma leaving Mandela's Houghton home.

Toerien and senior reporter Alex Eliseev were at Madiba's house after receiving reports that Zuma was visiting the former president.

An officer sitting in the passenger seat of an official black BMW X5 leaned out of his window, hit Toerien and shouted "voetsek" before speeding off.

Eyewitness News management has condemned the incident.