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Police investigate after BLF members disrupt journalists’ event

Members of BLF recently gate-crashed a meeting in Braamfontein about the Gupta leak emails and state capture.

Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Police Minister Fikile Mbalula says officers are investigating an incident in which members of the Black First Land First (BLF) movement disrupted an event hosted by investigative journalists.

Members of BLF recently gate-crashed a meeting in Braamfontein about the Gupta leak emails and state capture.

Despite a high court order preventing the rabble-rousers from intimidating reporters, a group of BLF members interrupted the event.

The minister's spokesperson Vuyo Mhaga said, “There is a court interdict that is there and so police will get to the bottom of this find out if indeed the allegations are true. If they are true, they must uphold the rule of law and implement the court interdict.”

Meanwhile, on Friday the South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) said it was consulting its lawyers over the same disruption.

Sanef said the BLF violated that interdicted by disrupting the amaBhungane event in Braamfontein on Thursday.

Chairperson Mahlatse Gallens said, “There was harassment and threats to the journalists, including those that were part of the initial interdict that we won at the Johannesburg High Court. We are also encouraging everybody that was involved yesterday to got to the police and lay a complaint because we want to see the police actually act.”

At the same time, the South African Communist Party (SACP) also condemned what it called attempts to silence journalists and other critics of state capture.

The communist party criticised the BLF for continued attacks on media workers.

SACP spokesperson Alex Mashilo said, “The SACP condemns this in the strongest terms possible. In its own right, the SACP will conduct an investigation and engage with the South African National Editors’ Forum to work together to ensure that we protect and defend and deepen media freedom in our country.”

WATCH: Sanef granted interdict against BLF

Additional reporting by Mia Lindeque.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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