Sanef (South African National Editors Foundation) member Reggie Moalusi says it's unacceptable that the police don't enforce court orders obtained to protect journalists. Sanef took the BLF to court to interdict them from intimidating journalists and demonstrating at their homes after protesters gathered at editor Peter Bruce's home and a list of other journalists names were released.
The court granted Sanef an order interdicting the group from intimidating and harassing any of these journalists, but Sanef brought an urgent application after BLF members tried to enter a Daily Maverick event, violating the initial order. The High Court in Johannesburg ruled that they are in contempt of a court order and will be arrested if they do not stop intimidating journalists.
Judge Sharis Weiner ruled that if they breach the order, the group will be liable to pay a R100 000 fine.
Added to this, they have a three-month suspended jail sentence.
If the BLF have issues, they can come to us and sit down and have a proper debate.— Reggie Moalusi, Sanef member
When orders are there, they are not enforced by the police.— Reggie Moalusi, Sanef member