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REPORTS: CPUT detains and fines photographer

Cape Town- Vernac News has received reliable information that a student freelance photographer was detained at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology .

The photographer, believed to be a CPUT student from the Cape Town campus, was detained while taking pictures at the university’s graduation ceremony at its Bellville Campus. We are told that the photographer has been fined a R1000.

Student leaders will initiate negotiations with the legal department to recoup the R1000 fine.

This comes after a Vernac News photographer was escorted off campus while attempting to take pictures of the graduates.

It is not clear why photographers are not allowed to take pictures outside the graduation venue.

CPUT spokesperson Lauren Kansley said that “the incident in question involves a private photographer and not a freelance journalist.

The photographer was illicitly selling photographs to graduates, a contravention of CPUT rules of conduct. Anyone wishing to do business on CPUT premises must be an accredited vendor and the services of a photography company had already been sourced for the duration of graduation”.

CPUT said that the photographer already been given a warning and escorted off campus yesterday. Today he was issued with a thousand Rand fine.

“Issuing spot fines is a measure used by the institution to dissuade behavior of this nature”, said Kansely.

This story has been updated to reflect CPUT comment.

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