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TV reporter covering Cape Town elections survives ‘scariest day at work’

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Cape Town – Covering stories ahead of next month’s local elections, reporter Natalie Malgas ‘survived my scariest day at work’.

She revealed in a tweet on Monday that she and her film crew were fortunate to make it unharmed after four men, two of whom were brandishing guns, stole their camera equipment and cell phones.

“We are unharmed and safe now. Be careful on the pitch, colleagues, ” Malgas tweeted, saying ” it all happened so fast ”.

Western Cape Police spokesman Colonel Andre Traut confirmed the armed robbery, which took place around noon on Bangiso Drive, Site B, in Khayelitsha.

Four suspects stole a camera and electronic equipment from a 32-year-old TV reporter and her cameraman. They fled the scene and have not yet been arrested.

“Anyone who can shed light on the matter, or who can assist the police with our investigation, is urged to contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111,” Traut said.

Malgas, who until yesterday had never been threatened by anyone with a gun, told Netwerk24: ‘The cameraman and I, Lancelot Manjoro, had just finished a story and were busy loading the equipment in the car when a man with a gun threatened us.

It was absolutely shocking how a man could keep us captive in broad daylight while the community watched. Three men then joined him, ” said Malgas.

She said they were stripped of their cell phones, television cameras and other specialized equipment as the men left the scene without an emergency.

“We are doing important work in the community and we will not let that deter us,” said Malgas, who expressed relief that no one was hurt.

In April, eNCA reporter Monique Mortlock and camera operator Asanda Javu were robbed at gunpoint in Khayelitsha after providing live coverage of the lack of service delivery in the area.

Police said they were stolen by four gunmen as they were packing their photographic equipment. Their photographic equipment and cell phones were taken.

TV reporter covering Cape Town elections survives ‘scariest day at work’

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