Court interdicts BLF, Mngxitama from threatening and assaulting journalists

07 July 2017 10:06 AM

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Johannesburg - Sanef has won its court interdict against Black First Land First and its leader Andile Mngxithama at the High Court in Johannesburg.

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

The South African National Editors Forum [Sanef] had lodged an urgent interdict against BLF and Mngxithama, asking the organisation to stop harassing, intimidating, assaulting and threatening journalists.

Last week, the editor of Business Day Tim Cohen was reportedly assaulted as he attempted to take a picture of BLF supporters who had gathered outside Tiso Blackstar editor at large Peter Bruce’s house in Johannesburg.

Bruce had been the subject of a series of articles and secretly taken photographs relating to his private life.

He wrote a column in Business Day about the surveillance and mentioned Mngxitama as a ''luckless land reformer'' who had tweeted to him "You going to get a heart attack Peter; better prepare yourself" before the surveillance footage and personal information was published on a site complaining about White Monopoly Capital (WMC).

During last Thursday's protest the words "Land or death" had been written on Bruce's garage as placards carried by demonstrators read "Peter you murder the truth" and "Peter propagandist of WMC".

The applicants with Sanef include: Business Day editor Tim Cohen; Peter Bruce; Amabhungane investigative journalist Sam Sole; News24 editor Adriaan Basson; EWN journalist and political commentator Stephen Grootes; Columnist Max du Preez; EWN reporter Barry Bateman; Karima Brown; political commentator and talk show host Eusebius McKaiser; Huffington Post editor-at-large Ferial Haffajee and Primedia Group editor-in-chief Katy Katopodis.


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