EFF’s Shivambu caught on camera assaulting journalist at Parliament
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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.
WATCH: @Netwerk24 Multimedia journalist @adrian_DK attacked by @EFFSouthAfrica Deputy President @FloydShivambu while trying to take a picture and asking for comment at Parliament in the presence of @IOL @TheCapeArgus @eNCA @TimesLIVE @SABCNewsOnline @News24 @ewnupdates pic.twitter.com/8a1Us8RnAt— JasonFelix (@JasonFelix) March 20, 2018
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.
The National Press Club condemns the apparent attack on @Netwerk24 journalist @adrian_DK - an experienced media worker of many years - by @EFFSouthAfrica and deputy leader @FloydShivambu. https://t.co/PQjvL2ZLkH— National Press Club (@npclub) March 20, 2018
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.
It is unacceptable for a Member of Parliament to intimidate a journalist whatever the circumstances.— SANEF (@SAEditorsForum) March 20, 2018
SANEF will take the matter up with the EFF.
We welcome the fact that De Kock will go to the police to lay a charge of assault against Shivambu.
(Edited by Shimoney Regter)