BLF says no harm meant and it will obey

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - MASABATA MKWANANZI

BLACK First Land First (BLF) yes­ter­day promised to abide by a court rul­ing that for­bids the or­gan­i­sa­tion from stag­ing protests out­side the homes of jour­nal­ists.

On Fri­day, the high court in Joburg granted the South African Na­tional Edi­tors’ Fo­rum an in­ter­dict against BLF threat­en­ing me­dia prac­ti­tion­ers.

BLF held a me­dia brief­ing to re­spond to Sanef ’s de­mands that the move­ment re­spect the high court de­ci­sion.

Judge Corrie van der Westhuizen’s brief judg­ment in favour of Sanef said BLF had to re­frain from in­tim­i­dat­ing, harass­ing and threat­en­ing jour­nal­ists at their homes and work­places and in the field.

He also or­dered BLF to pay the costs. It was also or­dered to re­tract all com­ments on so­cial me­dia within 12 hours.

BLF pres­i­dent Andile Mngxi­tama said BLF had fully com­plied with the court in­ter­dict.

“The court said BLF must is­sue a state­ment be­fore or within 12 hours of the or­der. BLF met this dead­line and is­sued a state­ment on all our me­dia plat­forms.

“BLF is an anti-racist rev­o­lu­tion­ary move­ment that seeks to end white supremacy that was in­au­gu­rated in South Africa.

“BLF be­lieves that blacks can’t be racist but are vic­tims of racism, which is per­pet­u­ated by whites,” said Mngxi­tama.

He said BLF as­sured jour­nal­ists that it would not, and had never in­tended to, harm them in any way.

Mngxi­tama added: “Our fight is with racism, and BLF will con­tinue to use our fun­da­men­tal right to protest to counter any acts of racism.”

He added that BLF wel­comed the clar­i­fi­ca­tion by the court that pri­vate homes are not zones of protest. “From now on, no one will dare launch any protest at the pri­vate homes of their ad­ver­saries,” he said.

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