TV reporter reporting election stories in Cape Town survives “scariest day on the job”
Cape Town – The e.tv journalist Natalie Malgas reports on stories ahead of the local elections next month and has “ survived my scariest day at work ”.
She announced in a tweet on Monday that she and her camera crew were fortunate enough to escape unharmed after four men, two of whom waved firearms, robbed them of their camera equipment and cell phones.
“ We are now unharmed and safe. Be on the safe side, colleagues, ”Malgas tweeted and said,“ It all happened so quickly ”.
Survived my scariest day on the job. 🥺🙏🏽
My cameraman and I were held at gunpoint while reporting in Khayelitsha # LGE2021 Stories. We are now unharmed and safe. Be safe when you are colleagues in the field.
Camera equipment and phones stolen from ambush. 4 guys, 2 guns. Everything happened so fast.
– Natalie Malgas (@nataliemalgas) October 18, 2021
The Western Cape Police Spokesman Colonel Andre Traut confirmed the armed robbery that took place around noon on Bangiso Drive, Location B, in Khayelitsha.
“Four suspects robbed a 32-year-old television reporter and her cameraman of cameras and electronic equipment. You have fled the scene and have yet to be arrested.
“Anyone who can shed light on the matter or support the police in our investigation is asked to contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111,” said Traut.
Malgas, who until yesterday had never been threatened with a firearm, told Netwerk24: “The cameraman and I, Lancelot Manjoro, had just finished a story and were busy loading the equipment back into the car when a man was with a gun threatened us.
“It was absolutely shocking how one man could hold us captive in broad daylight while the community watched. Three men then joined him, ” Malgas said.
She said that their cell phones, television cameras, and other special equipment were robbed and the men left the scene without any urgency.
“We do important work in the community and we don’t let that deter us,” said Malgas, who was relieved to show that no one was injured.
In April, eNCA journalist Monique Mortlock and camerawoman Asanda Javu were robbed at gunpoint in Khayelitsha after reporting live about the lack of services in the area
Police said they were robbed by four armed men while they were packing their camera gear. Their camera equipment and cell phones were confiscated.