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Guptas launch urgent application to interdict Malema, EFF

The interdict relates to comments Malema made about Gupta-owned ANN7 & 'The New Age' last week.

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JOHANNESBURG – The Gupta family and several of their companies are launching an urgent application against the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema, to interdict him from inciting violence against their employees. 

The matter has been filed in the High Court in Pretoria and is set down to be heard this morning. 

The application follows comments by Malema last week that he cannot guarantee the safety of Gupta-owned ANN7 and The New Age employees at the party’s events. 

Twelve applicants, including the three Gupta brothers, The New Age newspaper and ANN7 are asking the court to interdict Malema.

Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane is listed among the respondents. 

The Guptas also want the courts to prevent any person interfering with the activities of journalists employed by the two media companies. 

They’re asking that the court allow the journalists to attend any event, march or meeting of any nature. 

The EFF, which is opposing the application, issued a statement yesterday reiterating its position that it doesn’t consider the Gupta-owned newspaper and television station as part of the free media in South Africa. 

WATCH: Malema: Guptas must leave SA

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)

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