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Dramatic Moment A TV Reporter Was Mugged At Gunpoint Caught On Camera

Vuyo Mvoko was about to do a live segment outside a hospital in Johannesburg.

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This is the moment a South African journalist was mugged at gunpoint while waiting to go on air.

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Vuyo Mvoko was about to do a live segment from outside the Milpark hospital in Johannesburg, where the president of Zambia, Edgar Lungu, is reported to be undergoing treatment, when the incident occurred on Tuesday evening.

Mvoko, who works for the national broadcaster, SABC, said afterwards that the men threatened him with a gun when he refused to hand over his mobile phone.

The muggers did not appear concerned about the camera and whether it was recording.
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The muggers did not appear concerned about the camera and whether it was recording.

Appearing in the studio afterwards, Mvoko said he thought the men took two or three phones off him and the crew, as well as a laptop.

He also tweeted to say he was “safe and sound”.
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He also tweeted to say he was “safe and sound”.

The SA National Editors' Forum (Sanef) condemned the mugging, and said in a statement:

Every South African lives with the reality of crime, but to see thugs brazenly ignoring television cameras and robbing media workers in the course of their work, yet again brings home the level of criminality in our society.

The muggers are clearly identifiable on camera and we hope that arrests and prosecution will occur soon. Sanef appeals to members of the public who recognise the men to do the right thing and alert the police to their identities and whereabouts so that the law can take its course.

Richard James is the News Director for BuzzFeed Australia and is based in Sydney.

Contact Richard James at richard.james@buzzfeed.com.

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