ANC 2017 Elective Conference

VIDEO: 'Heavy-handed' Nasrec security assault Sanef's Sam Mkokeli

It appears security personnel at the ANC conference have accosted a number of media officials at the Nasrec expo centre.

Footage shows the South African National Editor's Forum (Sanef)'s Sam Mkokeli being assaulted by security and corned by police at the venue.

In the video, the security official who manhandled him told Mkokeli he must go open a police case.

EWN’s Masa Kekana gives an eye witness account of what happened leading up to the attack on Sanef's Sam Mkokeli.

Kekana says that they were told that they would be escorted into groups to the venue where the walkabout would take place.

We were then explained to that should we interact with any of the delegates – we will be removed and our accreditation will be confiscated.

Masa Kekana, EWN

We then got information that we should move to the other side of Nasrec, where we would be shuttled in groups says Kekana.

Kekana says that while we were waiting for the shuttles, we realised that one big shuttle was not big enough to take all of us. We started getting disgruntled as the process was taking forever says Kekana.

Kekana says that they agreed that they should go back to the other side and move forward. When we got there, the walkabout was underway said Kekana. She adds that there was a lot of confusion and back and forth.

Ultimately we are standing outside and that’s when Sam’s accreditation was taken away says Kekana.

It’s just a buildup of a lot of confusion, a lot of paranoia and he was quite vocal in asking them questions.

Masa Kekana, EWN

Kekana said that she doesn’t feel safe around the officials.

Other journalists and broadcasters have also apparently experienced hostility from security.

EWN's Rahima Essop has also been victim to aggression and manhandling at the conference and shares her experiences.

Take a listen to EWN's Rahima Essop share her account of the hostile situation:

Meanwhile the South African National Editor's Forum (Sanef) says its called an urgent meeting with ANC officials to address the matter, as well as the general treatment of journalists at the conference.

Sanef’s deputy chairperson Katy Katopodis says the organisation has been inundated with reports and complaints from media about journalists being mishandled.

We are hoping to meet with ANC officials this afternoon to figure out exactly what went wrong with Sam Mkokeli and to talk about these much broader issues.

Katy Katopodis, EWN editor and deputy chairperson at Sanef

We need to highlight a lot of the issues, reports are coming in about journalists being pushed. There was a journalist with a prosthetic leg yesterday who was pushed, despite telling security officials he was disabled. His prospectic leg actually came out…

Katy Katopodis, EWN editor and deputy chairperson at Sanef

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