‘Manhandled journos did nothing wrong’

The JMPD says two journalists who were allegedly manhandled by officers did 'nothing wrong'.

Journalist and Pierre le Roux pulls away from a Metro Police officer who was trying to grab his camera outside High Court in Johannesburg following a scuffle. Picture: Cornel van Heerden.

JOHANNESBURG - The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) say two journalists who were allegedly manhandled by officers did "nothing wrong" and are now helping authorities ensure those responsible are held accountable.

The officers are accused of assaulting a photographer and a cameraman outside the High Court in Johannesburg yesterday.

The pair had been filming the group arrest a driver when the officers turned on them.

Pictures were taken on the scene which went viral.

Spokesperson Edna Mamonyane said, "We've always said to officers that as long as they do their job the right way, it doesn't matter who takes pictures. We've asked the journalist to give us the exact time and JMPD will then take over the matter."

The South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) has condemned the actions of metro police officers.

Sanef said metro police infringed on the constitutional rights of eNCA cameraman Pierre le Roux when an officer threatened to arrest and detain him.