The South African National Editors' Forum has announced progress in their legal case in the Equality Court against the Economic Freedom Fighters, intending to protect journalists against any harassment and abuse. The entity has called for an apology from the party, demanding that they publicly denounce the harassment and abuse of media representatives.
SANEF has announced progress in their legal case against the EFF, first instated late last year.
In a media statement, the entity revealed that the matter will be heard in August, with the EFF expected to submit their answering papers later in June.
Briefly.co.za reported that SANEF accused the EFF leader, Julius Malema, of inciting violence on reporters, by naming some individuals and calling on party members to 'deal with them'.
SANEF says that they have called for an apology from the party in papers submitted to the court, hopeful that an interdict will be granted to prevent leadership from 'endorsing the intimidation, harassment, threats or assaults by supporters of followers' by any means.
The entity says progress in this case is critical, citing the 'ongoing harassment' of journalists. In their statement, they claim that Julius Malema's cryptic social media post - calling for followers to 'go for the kill' and 'hit hard' - had been aimed at Pauli van Wyk, despite no names being mentioned.
Van Wyk had recently published an article claiming that the EFF had benefited from the looting at VBS Mutual Bank to the tune of over R4 million. Malema has dubbed this a plot to distract from the controversy surrounding Pravin Gordhan, unfazed by the allegations.
SANEF says that they are pleased with the 'critical' progress, eager to hold the party accountable:
"As SANEF, we believe that this court case will finally hold the EFF leadership to account in its sustained abuse of journalists - and thus its sustained abuse of our hard-won constitutional principles of freedom of expression, access to information and freedom of the media."
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