SanefNews24 reports that the Equality Court, sitting in the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, has ruled against the SA National Editors Forum (Sanef) and five journalists in an application to interdict the EFF from intimidating, harassing and assaulting journalists.  

"The application is dismissed.  There is no order as to costs," reads the order.  The five journalists are News24’s Adriaan Basson, Daily Maverick’s Pauli van Wyk, Tiso Blackstar’s Ranjeni Munusamy, Eyewitness News’ Barry Bateman and Vrye Weekblad’s Max du Preez.  Sanef argued that there was a direct intimidatory link on the part of EFF leader Julius Malema in respect of the statement he made outside the state capture commission last year, calling for "heads to be cut off".  In November 2018, Malema identified specific journalists he accused of protecting Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, who was testifying at the state capture inquiry at the time.  Malema also likened the media to the apartheid government's "Stratcom" disinformation campaign and called Tiso Blackstar "hypocrites".  In its argument, the EFF submitted that the court should not "waste its time" and said the case should be dismissed with no costs order because there would be no winners.


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