Andile Mngxitama: Judge in media freedom case a 'racist'

The BLF was earlier interdicted against threatening, intimidating and harassing journalists.

Black First Land First leader Andile Mngxitama. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Black First Land First (BLF) group says the high court judge who ruled against them in Friday's urgent media freedom case is a 'racist'.

The group says they never expected the judge to dismiss the South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) application because he is a white judge presiding over a white court.

The BLF was interdicted against threatening, intimidating and harassing journalists.

The court has also ordered the group to issue a public statement renouncing threats against journalists.

Judge AJ van der Merwe arrived in court at exactly midday and took just one minute to hand down his judgment.

But the BLF leader Andile Mngxitama says he failed to respect the group by refusing to wait for its members to arrive.

“We expected racism but we did not expect disrespect also. We were disrespected by this judge today.”

Mngxitama says because the judge is white, he cannot be trusted.

“White judges cannot be trusted, they are white people who come from apartheid.”

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However, the group has not said anything about appealing the matter, instead Mngxitama insisted that they will continue protesting against journalists that he says support so-called "white monopoly capital".


Political parties and church leaders have rallied behind Sanef in its bid to protect journalists from intimidation and harassment.

Cope's Mosiuoa Lekota fought through the screams of BLF members to pledge his support for Sanef.

“The Constitution gives the right to members of the media to report to the people of South Africa.”

The ACDP's Kenneth Moshoe says if the media is not protected, the country could turn into a mafia state.

“Allow the media to have the freedom to report the facts and truths. If South Africa loses the freedom that the media should be having, then we’re going to slide into a mafia state.”

Sanef's Mahlatse Gallens has also called on South Africans to rally behind the media.

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(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)