Journalists robbed at gunpoint at World Aids Day event in CT_1

Khayelitsha police detectives have started a probe following an incident where two Newzroom Afrika crew members and a freelance photographer were robbed at gunpoint in the BM Section in Khayelitsha in Cape Town on Sunday afternoon, Western Cape police said

Reports at the disposal of the police indicated that the complainants, aged 26, 33, and 63, were part of a media contingent covering a COSATU World Aids Day event in the area, South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Novela Potelwa said.

It was alleged that four suspects, two of whom were armed, joined the crowd attending the event and moved closer to the journalists, threatening them before taking various items.

These included a video camera, still camera, tripod, a set of headphones, television lighting equipment, three cellphones, and cash.

“A case of armed robbery that has been opened at the Khayelitsha police station is currently under investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact police on 086-00-10111,” Potelwa said.