Malema's threats unexpected - Guptas

2016-02-09 11:28
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Pretoria - The High Court in Pretoria will hear an urgent application by the Gupta family for an interdict against the Economic Freedom Fighters at 14:00 on Tuesday.

The Gupta brothers, The New Age newspaper and broadcaster ANN7 are taking EFF leader Julius Malema and his party to court following threats to solicit violence from the public against them and their reporters.

The applicants said they wanted to protect their right to freedom of speech and to exercise their trade.

The Gupta family also wanted to protect its commercial interests in light of "threats of violence and xenophobia".

The family, via their company Oakbay Investments, filed the urgent application on behalf of their shareholders, businesses and staff.

The family said Malema's threats against them were "unexpected".

The EFF leader had made veiled threats to staff of Gupta-owned media outlets at a media conference last week, saying the safety of their journalists could not be guaranteed.

He went further, saying that a call to action would see the Gupta family removed from the country.

New Age and ANN7 editor-in-chief Moegsien Williams told News24 that the application aimed to interdict the EFF from making good on any threats to staff, property and shareholders of the Gupta-owned companies.

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