|These student protesters were singing violent songs|
and threatened a student journalist during their march.
“We urge the organisers of such protests to put an end to such attacks and to take steps to ensure the safety of journalists. Attacking the messenger in this way does nobody any good. Endangering journalists and their equipment this way can only result in the media shunning such areas, making it impossible to tell stories and to inform the public,” reads the SANEF statement
It appears this call has fallen on deaf ears people still see an enemy when someone holding a camera appears at a protest march. I was attacked on Tuesday when I was taking photographs of protesting students at the Tshwane University of technology’s Pretoria campus.
“Who gave you the permission to take pictures?” asked a group of angry students when they saw me taking pictures of them protesting.
From there I was escorted by one of the University’s security officials to safety. The students were chanting “Ayesaba amagwala. Dubula, dubula” (The cowards are scared. Shoot, shoot).
This was being chanted while fingers were pointing at some of the staff members who were watching them from the top view of the building.
It is not clear what the students were protesting for. The one I spoke said they were against the fact that their “brothers and sisters have been excluded unfairly both academically and financially”.
During the previous weeks we saw an attack on e-tv cameraman and journalist, Linge Ndabambi, by protesters in Ermelo. In North West last year two Mail & Guardian journalists were attacked by protesters and the same fate almost happened to me.
This does not happen in our country, but takes place all over the world. Allafrica.com reports that the many have been victimized, arrested, attacked and killed in Cairo, Egypt recently saying that the number of journalists attacked in that country is at an alarming 60.