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BLF vows to monitor the media

Andile Mngxitama claims some black journalists have been programmed to defend racism but they will not be targeted as part of BLF's protests.

FILE: Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Black First Land First (BLF) movement says while it respects the ruling by the High Court in Johannesburg which clarifies that people's private homes are not zones of protest it will continue to monitor the media space.

On Friday the court granted the South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) an interdict against BLF and its leader Andile Mngxitama, ordering them to stop harassing and intimidating journalists.

Sanef has meanwhile called on South Africans to rally behind the media in a bid to protect press freedom.

Mngxitama says Friday’s interdict doesn't say the organisation doesn’t have the right to protest.

He claims some black journalists have been programmed to defend racism but they will not be targeted as part of BLF's protests.

“We will never fight with black people, in the same way, that we have raised this issue with Karima Brown and Ferial Hafarjee, we understand that they are black people who suffer from an identity crisis.”

Meanwhile, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula says the behaviour of the organisation is disgusting and distasteful.

“It doesn’t mean that I must go to their houses, that is the highest type of disorder, it undermines the rule of law.”

Sanef says journalists are being victimised for conducting in-depth investigations on corruption and state capture.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)

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