Cameraman injured in protest


AN ETV cameraman was injured and an outside broadcast van was damaged when protesters turned on him and a reporter in Wesselton, outside Ermelo today, enews reported.


Live television footage on the enews channel showed a group stoning a police vehicle, which sped away, and then rushing toward the cameraman and journalist, who sought cover in their van.


The cameraman’s hand was bleeding and the vehicles windows were damaged.


Journalist Jody Jacobs told viewers that their laptops were also damaged.


Earlier, Mpumalanga police spokesman Captain Leonard Hlathi said the protests, believed to be over service delivery issues, entered a second day on Tuesday.


He could not confirm reports in Beeld newspaper that the protests were related to the community being unhappy about the African National Congress’ candidate lists for the local government elections.


Thirty-three people would appear in the Ermelo Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday after they were arrested on Monday for public violence.


Hlathi said protesters barricaded roads by using burning tyres and stones on Monday.


“They broke down robots and some traffic signs.” Sapa

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