Carte Blanche presenter mugged on the job

An Indian journalist, Devi Sankaree Govender, working on current affairs for the programme Carte Blanche, was mugged while working on a story in Bloemfontein on Wednesday morning.

Sankaree Govender tweeted that her chain was ripped off her neck, but she was otherwise unhurt.

According to Netwerk24, the Carte Blanche team was filming an insert outside Bophelo House, the provincial head office of the department of health, at the time.

She walked a few metres from the team and felt a man’s hand around her neck. She said she turned around and started to scream, but then kept quiet as he tightened his grip around her neck.

He quickly ripped off the necklace and walked off as if nothing had happened, she said.

In March 2012, Sankaree Govender’s cousin Soomeshan Govender, 26, was found dead hours after being hijacked on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. Three suspects were arrested shortly afterwards.