- SANEF has taken the EFF to court
- This is in connection to numerous verbal attacks on journalists by EFF members
- Julius Malema, however, says the media is merely trying to silence him
The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) has taken the EFF to court for the party's "threats and intimidation" toward journalists.
The Forum wants Julius Malema's verbal attacks on various journalists declared as hate speech.
The Red Berets are appearing in court on Monday over the matter.
Several journalists have been on the receiving end of Malema's wrath over the last few months (and even years). These include Ranjeni Munsamy, Adriaan Basson, Max du Preez, Karima Brown and more. In Brown's case, Malema's comments led to waves of attacks on Brown on social media, including death threats, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
Additionally, the EFF's secretary-general Godrich Gardee followed Malema's lead several weeks ago by slamming journalist Marianne Thamm after she published an article about the contents of a few of the EFF members' trash. their rubbish included expensive alcohol, among other items, which led Thamm to question the party's commitment to the poor. In response, Gardee said that Thamm herself "belonged in a dustbin", according to The South African.
Not one to be outdone, Malema later referred to another Daily Maverick journalist, Pauli van Wyk, as "Satan".
Additionally, any mention of Malema's anti-journalist tirades is incomplete without referring to his "Stratcom" conspiracy theories.
The EFF leader has said that journalists are merely trying to silence him. As a result, he wants the courts to rule against SANEF and order the forum to pay costs. If history is a guide, however, the judge may not be quite so sympathetic toward the Red Berets.
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