While reporting from Khayelitsha in Cape Town on Wednesday afternoon, eNCA reporter Monique Mortlock and her cameraman, Asanda Javu, were robbed at gunpoint. The criminals took off with the pair’s camera kit and cellphones.
Taking to Twitter, Mortlock expressed how frustrating it was to report the case at the nearest police station. When arriving at the police station, a mere 2 min drive from where the robbery happened, the pair were told that they need to go to a different police station to open the case due to jurisdiction policies.
Mortlock further tweeted that a bit more effort was only made after she explained that they were journalists.
Earlier on Wednesday morning, a Golden Arrow bus driver and 4 of his passengers were also robbed when armed criminals forced themselves onto the bus while passengers were boarding in Khayelitsha.
Golden Arrow Bus Service spokesperson Bronwen Dyke-Beyer, said the incident occurred just before 7 am on Spine Road.
According to SAPS spokesperson, Captain FC van Wyk, an armed robbery docket has been opened for investigation at the Harare police station. He says the docket will be transferred to the Lingelethu West police station for further investigation.
According to reports the criminals fled on foot with a number of cellphones and an undisclosed amount of money stolen from the bus driver.