The South African Broadcsting Cooperation (SABC) has appealed to the public to allow its journalists to do their job during the lockdown. This after SABC News crew in Durban was attacked by community members.
The crew was there to cover the impact of the lockdown on rural communities, such as Ulundi.
In the video below, the SABC speaks Ulundi residents on COVID-19 awareness:
SABC Spokesperson Mmoni Seapolelo says the news crew was rescued by the police.
“The SABC can confirm an incident which took place yesterday whereby our news crew in KwaZulu-Natal was surrounded by community members who threatened to set their vehicle alight whilst covering a story in Ulundi. We are happy to report that our news crew has since been rescued by the local police and we would like to appeal to the public to allow journalists to do our work; particularly during this time when there is a critical need for public awareness regarding COVID-19.”
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— South African Government (@GovernmentZA) March 26, 2020