- Members of the political party Black First Land First are accused of a racial attack on a female member of the Johannesburg Bar council
- The police deny knowing of such an incident, but BLF's leader, Andile Mngxitama, took full responsibility for what his members did
- According to BLF, the members were responding to a racist who provoked them
A group of Black First Land First members are accused of "viciously and racially attacking" a member of Johannesburg's Bar council earlier in the week.
The incident happened in the foyer of the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg and was condemned by the council.
According to a report by News24, people wearing BLF shirts attacked the woman on Wednesday 05 December.
The attackers were wearing Black First Land First (BLF) T-shirts and were, immediately prior to the attack, engaged in a protest outside of court. The Johannesburg Bar council condemns this attack in the strongest terms.
The victim, along with the council, will be working with the South African Police Force to find the alleged attackers and hold them accountable for their behaviour.
At a systemic level, it is of immense concern that this attack occurred within the court building and that the security arrangements in place appear to be wholly inadequate. The attack is also a part of a growing pattern of criminal activity perpetrated in and around the court precinct which has seen practitioners and judges being mugged and robbed,.
While the police claim to have no knowledge of the attack, Briefly.co.za learned that Andile Mngxitama, leader of the BLF, knows about it and took full responsibility for what his party members did.
Our members were provoked by a racist, and they responded as expected.
Mngxitama apparently also told the media that his party will be going after land owned by billionaire businessman Johann Rupert and plan occupy it.
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