Footage that has since gone viral shows a well-known South African reporter with the country’s national broadcaster get mugged while on camera to deliver a news story.
Vuyo Mvoko, from state TV channel SABC, was outside a Johannesburg hospital to report on the arrival of Zambia’s president for medical tests, when two robbers show up to take his possessions, including a mobile phone.
“He was looking for the phone and when I wasn’t giving him the phone, he calls the other one who has a gun, to say: ‘shoot this dog’ or something like that,” Mvoko radio station 702 on Wednesday.
“So I gave him the phone.”
The incident is just one of scores of often violent crimes, including rape, robberies and murder recorded every day in Africa’s most advanced economy, earning it a place among the most violent countries in the world outside a war zone.