eNCA reporter given 'hell' at ANC campaign

Elections 2014
Johannesburg, 25 April 2014 - eNCA reporter Nickolaus Bauer explains what happened after his phone was forcibly removed from his possession, and his photographs deleted by a member of the SAPS' VIP unit.eNCA reporter on his photos being deleted. eNCA
eNCA reporter Nickolaus Bauer looks on as one of President Jacob Zuma's bodyguards deletes photos from his cellphone on 25 April 2014. Picture: Beeld
One of President Jacob Zuma's bodyguards is photographed taking eNCA journalist Nickolaus Bauer's cellphone and deleting photos on it. Picture: Beeld

DUDUZA - An eNCA reporter was harassed earlier today by a member of the SAPS VIP protection services.

Nickolaus Bauer was covering the ANC campaigning in Duduza, Ekurhuleni, when he was confronted by a plain-clothed officer.

The man objected to Bauer taking pictures of a Gauteng traffic vehicle being used to transport ANC T- shirts.  Officers were seen handing the t-shirts from the cop car to ANC officials.

The SAPS member demanded that Bauer delete the pictures on his cellphone.

After refusing, the officer forcibly took the reporter's phone, and deleted the pictures himself.

Other journalists, meanwhile, photographed this action, while another bodyguard asked that the pictures be deleted, failure of which would result "in us giving you hell".

Bauer has said the matter will be taken further,  to ensure this doesn’t happen to other journalists in the future.

-Additional reporting Sapa

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