Sanef seeks interdict against BLF over threats against journos

Sanef has filed the court application with the hope that the BLF will respect the law.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) has filed an urgent application to have the Black First Land First Movement (BLF) interdicted from gathering outside the homes of journalist and threatening them.

Last week, the group released a list of white journalists that they say report on fake news and support white monopoly capital.

This follows a protest at the house of Tiso Blackstar editor Peter Bruce, where his property was vandalised.

Sanef says that is has filed the court application with the hope that the BLF will respect the law.

Sanef’s Mahlatse Gallons says: “In the past week there’s been no indication from the BLF that they will respect the laws of our country. We’ve seen an escalation and seen more journalists included.”

Sanef says that some of the threatened journalists have opened cases.

“We’re now hoping that police will investigate these matters. It can’t be left without any action being taken.”

The BLF will now have the opportunity to file answering papers before the matter is heard in court.

Sanef has also encouraged all journalists who've been threatened to open criminal cases.

Gallons added: “We have to see law enforcement do its part and arrest those [responsible]."

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(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)