SABC’s Vuyo Mvoko and crew mugged on camera

While waiting to go live SABC’s contributing editor Vuyo Mvoko and the crew were victims of a mugging. The crew was stationed near Milpark hospital while reporting on Zambian President Edgar Lungu’s arrival at hospital.

Sanef condemns mugging
The South African National Editors’ Forum released a statement saying the incident brings home the level of criminality in SA. 

“The South African National Editors’ Forum notes with concern the mugging of SABC Contributing Editor Vuyo Mvoko and several senior staffers, captured on camera outside Johannesburg’s Millpark Hospital, as he was about to cross live for a 7pm television news segment on Tuesday night. 

“One of Vuyo’s muggers is clearly heard exhorting his colleague to ‘shoot the dog’. The SABC crew were robbed of their cellphones and a laptop, but thankfully were not harmed.  

Every South African lives with the reality of crime, but to see thugs brazenly ignoring television cameras and robbing media workers in the course of their work, yet again brings home the level of criminality in our society. 

The muggers are clearly identifiable on camera and we hope that arrests and prosecution will occur soon. Sanef appeals to members of the public who recognise the men to do the right thing and alert the police to their identities and whereabouts so that the law can take its course.

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