- Julius Malema and the EFF have emerged victorious from their legal battle with the SA National Editors' Forum
- The Red Beret boss and his supporters faced off in the Equality Court over allegations of intimidation against journalists
- An application had attempted to gain protection for the media representatives from the political party and its followers
The Equality Court handed down it's ruling in the matter between Julius Malema and the SANEF.
IOL reports that the interdict application by the forum and five journalists had sought out protection from the Red Berets.
However, Judge Daisy Molefe had found that the media is not shielded by the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act.
Because journalism is a chosen profession, unlike race or gender, Molefe found it irrelevant, explaining:
“The Act seeks to protect people from being adversely disadvantaged for conditions that they are subjected to, but which fall outside their ability to change or control. Occupation is not such a characteristic.”
The judge had also commented that views, however controversial or provocative, did not necessarily amount to hate speech.
Dismissing the application without a costs order, Molefe was adamant that the function of the Equality Act is clear.
Briefly.co.za reported that veteran journalists had joined SANEF in the legal battle, demanding that the political party should publicly apologise to listed complainants in the matter.
One of these journalists, Barry Bateman of EWN, is currently on unpaid suspension after using the p-word in reference to Malema.
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