JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) will formally approach the leadership of the Economic Freedom Fighters in another attempt to resolve the EFF's "ban" on certain media attending their events, Sanef said on Sunday.
Sanef held its September council meeting in Pretoria on Saturday and discussed several issues, including the EFF’s “banning” of amaBhungane, Scorpio, and Daily Maverick from attending their party events, including press conferences, Sanef said in a statement.
Despite being told by EFF leader Julius Malema on social media to “go to hell” at the weekend while the council meeting was taking place, the council still confirmed and reiterated the importance of trying to continue to engage with the EFF despite many failed attempts.
"We believe it is critical to keep communication channels open and we will formally request a meeting." Sanef confirmed its solidarity with the "banned" journalists and their commitment to holding the EFF to account.
"Sanef, again, notes that the ban came after Scorpio published several exposés on Malema, party deputy president Floyd Shivambu, Shivambu's brother Brian, as well as a cousin of Malema. Scorpio has alleged that a R16.1 million transfer has been made from VBS [Bank, now defunct] to Brian Shivambu's company Sgameka Projects – effectively a shell company.