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'They are scared of BLF'

BLF members were barred from attending The Gathering, hosted by the 'Daily Maverick' and Nandos at the Convention Centre.

BLF Leader Andile Mngxitama outside The Gathering: Media Edition at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on 3 August 2017. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Black First Land First (BLF) movement believes legal action by the South African National Editor's Forum (Sanef) was a ploy to keep members away from a media conference in Cape Town.

BLF members were barred from attending The Gathering, hosted by the Daily Maverick and Nandos at the Convention Centre.

Organisers say that security was of the utmost importance on Thursday in light of recent attacks on journalists by the BLF.

WATCH: The Gathering: Media Edition

Sanef wants the High Court to order a 90-day imprisonment period suspended indefinitely for BLF leader Andile Mngxitama for breaching a court order barring the group from intimidating journalists.

Mngxitama believes the action was taken to stop the group from attending Thursday's event.

“They knew that we were coming and so they quickly put up an application which they claim is urgent, but will only be heard next week. There’s no urgency at all. They are scared, let me put it clear, they are scared of BLF. Not because we are violent but because we have ideas and we can debate.”