EFF’s Shivambu caught on camera assaulting journalist at Parliament

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A screengrab shows Media24's Adrian de Kock allegedly being assaulted by EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu on Tuesday 20 March 2018. Picture: @JasonFelix/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - A video has emerged of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) deputy president Floyd Shivambu assaulting a journalist outside Parliament on Tuesday.

Media24's Adrian de Kock appears to be waiting with other journalists outside the building, where Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille’s disciplinary hearing is taking place.

De Kock apparently asked Shivambu if he wanted to comment and took pictures of him.

Shivambu is then seen in the video moving up closer to the journalist and appears to be intimidating him. Then De Kock is heard shouting: “Leave my stuff alone.”

De Kock says he was just doing his job.

“I approached Shivambu for comments and he immediately told me to delete a picture of him. I told him we [journalists] don’t delete pictures from our cameras. He then grabbed my camera and tried to delete the picture.”

De Kock says he'll lay a criminal complaint of assault against Shivambu following the altercation.

Shivambu has since released a statement.

"The scuffle was a result of circumstances which included taking of photographs and persistence to speak to me whilst receiving documents from staff members in order to attend the standing committee on finance."

However, Shivambu has admitted his behaviour was unacceptable.

"I accept that my impatience with the gentleman was inappropriate. The scuffle happened and was never an assault on the journalist or media freedom. I regret the incident and believe it should have been handled differently. I take full responsibility and apologise for engaging in a scuffle with a person I discovered after the incident is a journalist."

The National Press Club has condemned the treatment of a De Kock by Shivambu.

At the same time, the South African National Editors' Forum has criticised Shivambu, saying it's unacceptable for a member of Parliament to intimidate a journalist.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)