Sanef condemns manhandling of journos by JMPD

Pierre le Roux & Cornel van Heerden were manhandled while filming officers arresting a drunk driver.

eNCA cameraman Pierre le Roux pulls away from a JMPD officer during a scuffle on 26 May 2015. Picture: Cornel van Heerden.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) has condemned the actions of metro police officers who allegedly manhandled two journalists outside the High Court in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

The pair were filming officers arresting a driver when the cops turned on them.

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

Metro police claim Le Roux and Beeld photographer Cornel van Heerden, who was also confronted, had no right to film the arrest of a man they claimed had been speeding.

Faces of the thugs. @SAEditorsForum @eNCAnews

Unbelievable scenes of Metro Police brutality. What about #PressFreedom?? @SAEditorsForum @eNCAnews

Here a Metro Police officer try and stop me from filming the assault. Im defending myself. @SAEditorsForum @eNCAnews

Here they you can see the mic falling which the Metro Police broke from his camera. @SAEditorsForum @eNuus @eNCAnews

Van Heerden says the officers only stopped man handling Le Roux when a JMPD officer in civilian clothes arrived.

"I just continued filming and asked them 'Please don't do this, we're just doing our job' and they continued with the assault. But they proceeded and wanted to put Pierre in the back of the van with the drunk driver."

Outside High Court in Johannesburg. @eNuus cameraman got assaulted by Metro Police. @SAEditorsForum @eNCAnews

Images of the incident have gone viral on social media with other journalists expressing their outrage.

Media houses and Sanef need to apply for an interdict to prevent further attacks on the media by police (metros and SAPS).

eNCA and Sanef have requested to meet with metro police to discuss the incident.