Sunday, February 07, 2021

Fish Hoek beach protester arrested after assaulting tv journalist

The leader of the We Are More Movement is in jail after he assaulted a television journalist covering a protest organised by the movement at Fish Hoek Beach.

Craig Peiser, allegedly grabbed eNCA’s reporter Monique Mortlock's face mask after he claimed that he could not hear her speak.

Mortlock took to Twitter to recount what had transpired, Mortlock said she and a cameraman had been covering the protest when Peiser asked if they were from the media.

“He said he could not hear me and I spoke louder. He then said to me he does not speak to people who wear masks. We told him it was the law and he pulled my mask from my face, rips it off. I was completely shocked,” she said.

The movement has since issued a statement on the matter, condemning the incident. ‘’Such behaviour go against the principles of what Woke Nation and it's affiliate organisations stand for.’’

Western Cape Premier, Alan Winde condemned the incident, specifically that of the abuse of journalists at the event, as well as the citizens not adhering to COVID-19 regulations.

In a tweet, Winde described the incident as ‘’unacceptable behaviour’’.

‘’Every single person has a responsibility to prevent the spread of Covid-19 by adhering to important regulations, wearing our masks, and avoiding crowds and close contact.’’

‘’This is unacceptable behaviour, which we stand firmly against. We live in a constitutional democracy where the rule of law is paramount, and we remain opposed to anyone breaking the law in our province.’’ Winde tweeted.

 

Done By: Mitchum George 

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