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SANEF to lay criminal charges against BLF members

The South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) to laying criminal charges against members of the Black First Land First (BLF) after they harassed journalists during a town hall meeting tackling the controversial Gupta Family relations in state capture and the ongoing email links.

BLF members storming amabhungane meeting in Johannesburg | Pic: Twitter

Earlier this month, the High Court in Johannesburg granted an interdict against the movement to stop its members from harassing, intimidating, assaulting and threatening journalists.

On Friday morning the investigative journalism unit amaBhungane criticized police officers after they failed to stop members of BLF from disrupting the meeting.

According to reports, the Sanef says the BLF destabilized the court interdicted by disrupting the amaBhungane event in Braamfontein on Thursday.

Chairperson Mahlatse Gallens says: “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.”

In the meantime, the South African Communist Party (SACP) has condemned the attempts to silence journalist and eliminate them from challenging the state capture saga.

The communist party’s Alex Mashilo says the alliance will conduct an investigation and address the issue decisively.

SACP spokesperson Alex Mashilo says: “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.”