A TV3 camera operator was detained by South African police in
Nelson Mandela's hometown of Qunu, according to presenter
Barry and her crew are in the town, along with around 100
other journalists from around the world, for the burial later
today of the former South African president.
Barry tweeted this afternoon: "Our cameraman was detained by
police in Nelson Mandela's hometown in South Africa".
Footage on 3News showed Barry speaking to police to try to
have camera operator Simon Ashworth freed.
"He had the official permit but they wanted more, his
passport, and until we produced it, they weren't letting him
go," she said.
Ashworth was locked in a police paddy wagon for a time, along
with four men from Malawi who helped dig Mandela's grave.
They were detained after they were found to be illegal
Hawke's Bay Today editor Andrew Austin, who is covering the
event for APN, said there were roadblocks all around Qunu and
journalists found in the town were removed. Austin was turned
around as he tried to get in.