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Sanef condemns attack on 'Daily Sun' reporter

Samson Ratswana responded to reports of fighting at a church when a group of people assaulted him.

FILE: The VIP protection unit was then called to intervene. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) has condemned the actions of church members who allegedly attacked a _Daily Sun _journalist in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria on Wednesday.

Samson Ratswana had responded to reports of fighting at the International Pentecostal Holiness Church, when a group of about 70 people, started assaulting him.

Two metro police officers tried to help Ratswana but they were overpowered by the crowd.

The VIP protection unit was then called to intervene.

Sanef's Adriaan Basson said, "Sanef condemns this attack on another journalist and we believe that churches and their members should welcome the coverage of journalists; accept that when there are conflict within the church, the journalist would also like to cover that as a matter of public interest."

Last month, Sowetan photographer Tiro Ramatlhatse was attacked inside a courtroom while covering a case in the North West, only to be rescued by a security guard and not police.

SABC journalist Jacques Steenkamp was also kidnapped by alleged drug dealers who held him hostage and stole R5,000 from his account, with claims that police assisted them.

In another incident, photographers from The Citizen, Nigel Sibanda and Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni, were attacked by residents with machetes and knobkerries while covering a funeral in the Eastern Cape.