Johannesburg - Black First Land First leader Andile Mngxitama continues attacking against journalists despite an interdict application launched against him and the movement.
On Tuesday, the South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) filed an urgent application against the BLF and its founder at the High Court in Johannesburg following their intimidatory acts against journalists reporting on state capture.
Sanef, in court papers filed, asked the court to interdict BLF and Mngxitama from harassing, intimidating, assaulting and threatening 11 senior journalists, editors and commentators that have been targeted for their reporting on state capture.
In her founding affidavit, Sanef chairperson Mahlatse Gallens says the harassment of these journalists is “part and parcel” of an orchestrated campaign.
This action did not seem to deter Mngxitama, who tweeted an image of a syrup aimed at "curing all known symptoms of Lekgowa Laka; supposedly a mental sickness in Black people".
In the tweet, Mngxitama tagged 702 host Eusebius Mckaiser, one of the 11 media personalities targeted by BLF.
Mngxitama and BLF made headlines recently when its members, reportedly being funded by the Gupta family, marched to Tiso Blackstar's editor-at-large Peter Bruce’s house in Johannesburg, demanding that he stop writing about the family.
When Business Day editor Tim Cohen arrived at Bruce’s house, he was reportedly manhandled by the angry mob.
Following this, the movement issued a statement in which is listed other white journalists who it said were next on their target list.
The list included EWN’s Stephen Grootes and Barry Bateman, amaBhungane’s Sam Sole, and News24 columnist Max du Preez.