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Journalists covering the case of four policemen accused of robbing a supermarket were threatened and had notebooks confiscated by a court orderly yesterday.
The policeman, an Inspector Tshika according to his name tag, threatened to evict reporters from the Germiston magistrates' court in Ekurhuleni and barred them from taking notes during the hearing.
Tshika snatched SABC reporter Nokwazi Tshabalala's notebook out of her hands while she was writing. He also glared threateningly at journalists from Beeld and The Star. They stopped taking notes as a result.
The reporters were advised by the senior prosecutor to report Tshika to the head of the Germiston police station. They were not able to do this because of pressure to meet their deadlines.
Len Maseko, deputy editor of Sowetan, said last night that the newspaper would take the matter up with the authorities.
The drama unfolded during the appearance of Eden Park policemen Ashley Samson, 30, David Ferlan, 42, and reservists Kurt Erasmus, 35, and Sydney Fillies, 32.
Two other men, Richard Salies, 29, and Mnyani Siyakholwa, 31, appeared with the policemen.
The six are charged with robbery with aggravating circumstances after the theft of R7000 in cash and R10000 worth of airtime vouchers.
The owner of the supermarket said on Thursday that seven police officers, six in uniform and one in plain clothes, forced him to open the safe and took the money and airtime vouchers in a plastic bag.
The case was postponed to February 7.