Some black South Africans are now taking the land or death phrase to a frightening dimension. Their speeches and body language appears to differ from Malema’s.
The South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) has hinted it will not hesitate to file charges of contempt of court if BLF disobeys Friday’s court order.
This after the South Gauteng High Court granted the editors’ forum an interdict against Black First Land First (BLF), barring the Gupta-linked group from threatening journalists.
Shortly after the hearing, a shouting match erupted between members of BLF and Sanef.
BLF insisted that it will continue to monitor journalists who defend white monopoly capital.
“We wanted to uphold the rule of law, defend the rights of journalists to do their work and this was not just about journalists, media freedom speaks to the right to know and what they trying to do is to silence the media, they specifically targeted, we will not be deterred,” said Sanef Chairperson Mahlatse Gallens.
Sanef said it was grateful the courts have re-affirmed the role of the media.
The forum believes what we are seeing, are attempts by Black First Land First and its leader Andile Mngxitama to divert attention away from state capture.
“The issue is bigger than just our physical safety and security as journalist’s or the media freedom the constitution guarantees. This is a distraction they want to make sure that we stop writing authoritatively on the stories we have been doing, the so called State Capture.
“If you look at Peter Bruce he’s been writing week in and week out about corruption the Gupta family has been accused of. So it’s very clear what Mr Andile Mngxitama is trying to do.
“He wants to silence us so that we can stop writing about the grad looting scheme that we have seen criminal syndicates looting public resources and moving money potentially illegally and overseas. And stealing money from the poor South Africans who deserve protection from our government,” said Sanef’s Sam Mkokeli.
The forum called on the police to ensure that BLF complies with Friday’s court interdict.