Pretoria - A legal representative for Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema on Tuesday told the Equality Court that his client cannot be held liable for the actions of his party's followers.
Tembeka Ngcukaitobi was presenting his heads of arguments on Tuesday after the South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) approached the court following the large-scale intimidation of journalists on social media by purported supporters of the far-left party.
He said the law did not impose liability on a political party for statements made by its supporters.
"Sanef wants to hold Malema accountable for abuse which emanates from third parties.If people abuse journalists and hide under the EFF, the party shouldn't be held accountable, those people must be responsible."
He said the EFF and Malema were equally appalled by Twitter trolls harassing journalists, adding that said trolls were equally abusive towards the EFF.