The South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) lost its case against the EFF in the Equality Court.
In response to Twitter, Sanef said they “respects the court decision and waits for the full verdict”.
Sanef brought the case and it relates to the alleged harassment of five journalists, Adriaan Basson, News24’s editor Pauli van Wyk, a Daily Maverick journalist, Ranjeni Munusamy, assistant editor of Tiso Blackstar, Barry Bateman, a senior journalist at Eyewitness News , and co-editor of the Free Week magazine , Max du Preez.
As reported earlier, in November 2018, Malema identified specific journalists he accused of protecting Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan.
This was at the time of Gordhan’s testimony before the Zondo Commission on State Creation Investigation.
Then some of the journalists were attacked on Twitter.
* Meanwhile, the case that Gordhan brought against Malema and Floyd Shivambu, Deputy Leader of the EFF, is being heard Thursday in the Equality Court, which sits in the Johannesburg High Court.
Gordhan filed a charge of criminal slander and crimen injuria with the Brooklyn police station in Pretoria last November and filed a complaint with the Equality Court.
This complaint relates to statements made by Malema and Shivambu in public, which Gordhan believes constitute a violation of Art. 10 of the Promotion of Equality Act in that it was “obviously aimed at being offensive and promoting hate and thus constitutes hate speech”.
Gordhan is demanding an unconditional apology from the two as well as the court granting a damages order of R150 000.
At one of the Zondo Commission meetings last year, Malema launched a furious attack on Gordhan outside the venue.
Malema, among other things, described Gordhan as “corrupt”, calling him a “white monopoly capital dog” and claiming to hate black people.
He also alleged that Gordhan’s daughter, Anisha, had benefited from contracts because of her father’s office.