Sanef gives BLF deadline to denounce intimidation, threats against journalists

2017-07-07 18:16
Members of Sanef outside the High Court. (Ferial Haffajee, Twitter)

Members of Sanef outside the High Court. (Ferial Haffajee, Twitter)

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Johannesburg - The SA National Editor's Forum has given Black First, Land First until 00:00 to issue a statement to its members saying it does not condone violence, harassment or intimidation against journalists.

Should it fail to do so, Sanef would lodge an urgent contempt of court application.

"We anticipate that your client will comply with this order by midnight tonight," Sanef lawyers said on behalf of the organisation.

Sanef won its court interdict against BLF and its leader Andile Mngxitama in the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Friday.

AS IT HAPPENED: Clashes outside court following Sanef interdict ruling

Judge Corrie van der Westhuizen ruled that BLF was interdicted from intimidating, assaulting journalists and going to their homes.

There were heated scenes outside the court immediately after the ruling with Mngxitama and members of the BLF continuing to threaten and hurl racial slurs.

Sanef lawyers said the confrontation outside court on Friday indicated that "clearly your clients have no intention of complying with the order".

"Our instructions are that should your client fail to comply with the order, our client shall apply for an urgent application declaring your clients to be in contempt of court and asking for their immediate arrest in relation to the breach of the order in all its respects."

In the lawyer's letter to BLF, Sanef said BLF breached the court order by intimidating, harassing and threatening journalists, in particular, News24 political editor Mahlatse Gallens and political commentator Karima Brown.

"Our clients were accused of being on the side of white people and being on the 'wrong side'," Sanef lawyers said.

They added: "The body language used by your clients throughout was threatening and designed to intimidate."

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