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Sanef: BLF breaching court order

Sanef and journalists Sam Sole and Ferial Haffajee want action to be taken against BLF leader Andile Mngxitama.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Editor's Forum (Sanef) has accused the Black First Land First (BLF) group of breaching a court order barring them from intimidating journalists.

The BLF interrupted an amaBhungane town hall meeting in Braamfontein last week, where the investigative unit was hosting a discussion on the Gupta leaks.

Sanef and journalists Sam Sole and Ferial Haffajee want action to be taken against BLF leader Andile Mngxitama.

Sanef lawyer Okyerebea Ampofo-Anti says they want the High Court to order a 90-day imprisonment period suspended indefinitely for Mngxitama.

“The order is not that he must immediately be arrested and jailed but that effectively there will be a suspended order of imprisonment. And that’s designed to ensure that this court order is not infringed again.”

However, the BLF's Lindsay Maasdorp says they will oppose this application.

“We’ll respond in due process. But we’re not afraid, this is mere revolution movement. This has been happening since the existence of the BLF… people have been taking us to court.”

Ampofo-Anti says journalists are the real victims of the attack from Mngxitama and not BLF.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)