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Police 'seize' journo's camera

By unknown | Nov 04, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Penwell Dlamini

Penwell Dlamini

A freelance journalist was allegedly manhandled by police, who also confiscated his camera after he took pictures of them exchanging words with angry municipal workers in Giyani yesterday.

Victor Hlungwani was taking pictures of angry workers of the Greater Giyani municipality who had locked up four managers in their offices in Giyani.

The workers were demanding the release of their pension fund by the municipality.

Hlungwani, 35, said when police saw him taking pictures they demanded to know who had given him permission.

"I told them I was a journalist, but they grabbed me and took my cellphone and camera," he said.

The police later returned Hlungwani's cellphone but not his camera.

"I will be speaking to my lawyers," Hlungwani said.

Police spokesman Inspector Ronel Otto said: "The police took his camera because he did not identify himself as a journalist and he was interfering with police work."

She said both camera and cellphone had been returned, but Hlungwani denied getting his camera back.


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