Arrested cameraman apologises for Mandela filming incident

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Pretoria – A freelance cameraman, who was arrested and released for sending a flying camera above the Pretoria hospital where Mandela is receiving treatment, has apologised.

FC Hamman told the SABC he had no intention of invading Mandela’s privacy with his remote controlled camera.

Hamman was questioned by police for several hours on Friday and then released.

His equipment with the footage was confiscated.

Hamman said he flew a multi-copter with a camera which was not an uncommon practice for production companies.

The arrest came after Mandela’s eldest daughter, Makaziwe, on Thursday criticised media for the manner in which they covered Mandela’s stay in Pretoria’s Heart hospital.