[LISTEN] Journalists manhandled by ANC security at Nasrec
EWN's Rahima Essop tells Radio 702's Bongani Bingwa about the hostile treatment media has been receiving from security at Nasrec.
JOHANNESBURG - A tense situation between media and security officials at the ANC national conference has boiled over, with reports of journalists, including women and a disabled man, being man-handled.
Eyewitness News' Rahima Essop speaks to Radio 702's Bongani Bingwa after media staged a walkout on Tuesday afternoon from a walkabout that new ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa arrived late to.
Essop describes how a disabled cameraman, who we've now learned is a foreign journalist named Joao Silva, was pushed to the ground on Monday night for not moving away quick enough.
Bloomberg's Sam Mkokeli was kicked out of the Ramaphosa walkabout and has had his accreditation tag confiscated for expressing frustration over the long wait.
EWN editor-in-chief and South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) deputy chairperson Katy Katopodis says Sanef has asked for an urgent meeting to address the matter and the general treatment of journalists at the conference.
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