Sanef takes legal action over BLF threats

The Black First Land First group has released a list with the names of journalists they say support white monopoly capital and white corruption.

Black First Land First leader Andile Mngxitama. Picture: Facebook.com.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Nation Editors’ Forum (Sanef) says it will not tolerate the intimidation of journalists which amounts to a blatant attack on democracy.

The Black First Land First group has released a list with the names of journalists they say support white monopoly capital and white corruption.

The movement has threatened to protest at their homes and places of worship.

Last week, BLF picketed outside Business Day journalist Peter Bruce's house, accusing him of being racist and writing fake news.

Sanef had given BLF until Saturday to give assurances that they would stop harassing journalists, however, the movement declined.

Sanef's Chris Kabwato says they are now taking legal action.

“So, we are no moving on to apply for an interdict to stop BLF from harassing the journalists listed.”

Meanwhile, the Communications Ministry has condemned the intimidation of journalists, saying the threats are a violation of the Constitution and the bill of rights.

The ministry says the role of the media is imperative in moving the country forward and cannot be threatened.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)