AS IT HAPPENED: Sanef successfully makes case for urgency in BLF matter

2017-07-06 09:12

Sanef has successfully made a case for urgency in the BLF matter, with judgement being handed down tomorrow.

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Judge Westhuizen says he will deliver judgment tomorrow at 12:00. Court adjourns until tomorrow.

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Ngcukaitobi: BLF wants to tell these journalists what to write. Ultimately that's what they want to do.

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Tshabangu asks if Judge has any questions, judge says he has asked him more than enough.

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The judge asks for clarity - is BLF saying we will continue to protest, wherever we choose, until you see the light?

06 Jul 12:00
Judge Westhuizen says he wants to understand if BLF is protesting for what they call racial bias

06 Jul 11:59
The court gallery is packed to capacity - some people are even standing

06 Jul 11:59
Tshabangu says BLF says their aim is to protest against bias reporting

06 Jul 11:56
Tshabangu says some of the journos report bias- "if it is white owned company it's collusion and black owned is corruption."

06 Jul 11:56
Judge says if BLF was serious about distancing themselves, they would highlight which tweets they are referring to.

06 Jul 11:54
BLF'S lawyer says their Twitter account was hacked and they didn't issue intimidating tweets to journalists.

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06 Jul 11:51
Ngcukaitobi says BLF admits to some tweets and distanced themselves from others - inconsistent.

06 Jul 11:51
Ngcukaitobi asking for final order to be issued against BLF. Says case has been made to interdict BLF.

06 Jul 11:50
Judge Westhuizen dismiss the issue relating to authority - meaning Sanef has authority to represent all applicants.

06 Jul 11:47
Hearing on merits of case now proceeds after Judge Van der Westhuizen dismisses BLF's 2 in limine points.

06 Jul 11:44
Judge Westhuizen says he is satisfied that this matter should be heard on urgency. Dismiss locus standi issue. Will issue reasons later.

06 Jul 11:44
Tshabangu concludes his arguments by telling the court that this application should fail

06 Jul 11:42
Tshabangu says they do not know some of the allegations and they distance themselves from some of the tweets.

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Tshabangu: "if you are assaulted in front of the police when you are a journalist, you know what to do."

06 Jul 11:36
Judge Van der Westhuizen asks Tshabangu to distinguish between freedom to express views and threats.

06 Jul 11:34
Judge says expressing your view is protected but adding a threat is not.

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Tshabangu: freedom of expression doesn't only apply 2 journos. This is also about freedom of BLF to air views.

06 Jul 11:31
Ngcukaitobi concludes his arguments- Tshabangu, for BLF now addressing the court.

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Ngcukaitobi: 1 of rare instances where court is truly only place where you can hide. About lives, not money.

06 Jul 11:27
Ngcukaitobi: criticism of journalism should happen in journalistic platforms, not through physical attacks.

06 Jul 11:27
Ngcukaitobi says BLF can protest as long as they do it peacefully but the court should stop their criminal acts

06 Jul 11:27
Ngcukaitobi says journalists job is to write and they should not be intimidated

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Media 'emotionally blackmailing' us - BLF

Black First Land First (BLF) and its head Andile Mngxitama strongly denied on Thursday that its recent protest action against journalists amounted to harassment, intimidation or threat, or an attack on media independence



06 Jul 11:24
Ngcukaitobi says his clients argue that this is a retaliation from the negative reports on the Gupta family

06 Jul 11:24
Ngcukaitobi says there is no single statement that entitles BLF'S protest to be at people's homes - says they must be stopped

06 Jul 11:23
Ngcukaitobi: stop them from committing crimes. Stop them now, we don't know how this can aggravate further.

06 Jul 11:21
Ngcukaitobi: language used by BLF is illegal, they are not entitled to threaten journalists on social media. Ngcukaitobi quotes tweets where WWB is told to 'voetsek' & tweets where BLF threatened individual journalists.

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