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Sanef stands behind assaulted reporter

Sanef condemns the assault of EWN reporter Reinart Toerien by Jacob Zuma's bodyguards.

Sanef condemns the assault of EWN journalist Reinart Toerien by Jacob Zuma's guards.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) says the assault of an Eyewitness News (EWN) reporter by a member of President Jacob Zuma's VIP protection unit should not be tolerated, as it poses a threat to freedom of expression.

The organisation has condemned the assault of EWN multimedia journalist Reinart Toerien, which happened outside the Houghton home of former president Nelson Mandela on Monday.

Toerien was assaulted while filming Zuma's motorcade leaving Mandela's house.

One of the VIP protection guards leaped out of the window of a moving vehicle and attempted to knock Toerien's camera down, but instead slapped him before shouting "voetsek".

Sanef's Media Freedom Chairperson Adriaan Basson says disciplinary action should be taken against the officer in question.

"We fully support EWN calling for a full investigation and disciplinary hearing against the members involved. We are glad EWN and the journalist have laid criminal charges."