Ugly scenes have broken out at Adelaide Airport as South African security staff violently shoved a television reporter up against a window for trying to interview captain Faf du Plessis.

Nine news reporter Will Crouch had the microphone knocked out of his hand and kicked along the ground and was ultimately pinned into a sliding door window by South African security man Zunaid Wadee.

It's the second time in two days the South Africans have resorted to violent measures to deal with journalists.

Du Plessis has been charged with ball tampering by the ICC for allegedly using a mint or lolly to get more swing on the ball during the last match in Hobart and is facing a one-match ban.

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But in extraordinary scenes it seems captain du Plessis is certain to play in the Adelaide Test match, with South Africa unable to get their defence lawyer out to Australia in time.

To hold the hearing after the third Test would appear to make a complete mockery of the ICC judicial process, but it's understood the ICC will bow to South Africa's demands.

South Africa are refusing to budge on their legal defence of their skipper's integrity.

Nine journalist Crouch was uninjured but surprised by the heavy handed tactics employed by South African staff.

The footage of Wadee's actions is damning with the body checks on Crouch increasingly brutal as the confrontation went on.