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Sanef outraged by attacks on journalists

In one incident a reporter was punched repeatedly in the head and pepper sprayed at close range a UJ.

Private security agents working for the University of Johannesburg take position as they shut the gates of the campus during clashes with rioting students, on September 28, 2016. Pciture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) says it is outraged at the attacks on journalists during their coverage of Fees Must Fall protests across the country.

Yesterday private security hired by the University of Johannesburg (UJ) attacked journalists and students at the Doornfontein and Kingsway campuses.

In one incident a reporter was punched repeatedly in the head, kicked in the stomach and pepper sprayed at close range.

Sanef says it has spoken to vice chancellor Ihron Rensburg who has condemned the actions and promised to ensure the security teams respect the rights of journalists.

Executive Director Mathata Tsedu says yesterday's brutality displays a new trend where journalists become the target of private security while covering public protests.

"There are two distinct problems in the protest, one comes from student leaders who have become quite antagonistic towards the media and the other comes from university security."