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gavel thumb100 TimesLive reports that Black First Land First (BLF) and its leader‚ Andile Mngxitama‚ were found on Tuesday to be in contempt of a court order issued last month which prevented them from harassing‚ intimidating and assaulting journalists.  

Sam Sole of the amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism‚ Ferial Haffajee of HuffPost and the SA National Editors Forum (Sanef) approached the Johannesburg High Court last week with the complaint that BLF and Mngxitama were in contempt of an earlier order interdicted them from harassing‚ intimidating or assaulting a number of journalists.  On Tuesday, Judge Sharise Weiner said it was clear from video footage of what had transpired on 27 July at an event organised by amaBhungane that BLF and Mngxitama were indeed in contempt of the earlier order.  The judge ordered that Mngxitama be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of three months, which was suspended on condition that BLF and Mngxitama did not breach the earlier order again.  She also ruled that if the order made last month was breached again‚ Mngxitama and BLF should be ordered to pay a fine of R100‚000.

  • Read this report by Ernest Mabuza in full at TimesLive
  • See too, High Court finds BLF, Mngxitama guilty of contempt of court, at The Citizen
  • And also, Sanef happy with BLF contempt of court ruling, at eNCA
  • As well as BLF considering appealing contempt of court ruling, at News24


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