The High Court yesterday ordered AmaBhungane to have a debate with Black First Land First (BLF) about the fake news including fake emails that the movement and its leader has been falsely implicated in. BLF had told the Court that AmaBhungane is running away from an open debate because it is afraid of being exposed for being manufacturers of fake news.
AmaBhungane wanted the Court to sentence the leader of BLF, Comrade Andile Mngxitama, to a three months term of imprisonment coupled with a the payment of a fine by both BLF and its leader in the amount of R100 000, payable within seven days. The Court did not agree with these punitive measures demanded by AmaBhungane. Yes, in this regard the Court didn’t agree with the relief sought by AmaBhungane – even without hearing BLF’s side of the story. If BLF was given a chance to put its version of the story before Court then, and in that event, even the most racist of judges would have dismissed the application of AmaBhungane and the white journalists.
BLF is calling on AmaBhungane to stop running away from debating with it. The Court has now spoken. It also observed that the AmaBhungane owner and alleged apartheid spy, Sam Sole, seemed dazed by its decision. The Judge was driven to asked Sole as to why he looked confused? On the other hand, the Judge had complimentary things to say about BLF Provincial leader, Abie Letsoalo. This is a good indication of how a debate between BLF and AmaBhungane is likely to go – confusion of AmaBhungane versus the clarity of BLF.
BLF will study the Court judgement and decide if it wishes to appeal or not. Right now we are busy with serious matters related to the battle against white monopoly capital. The battle for land is on!
Issued by the National Coordinating Committee of Black First Land First (BLF NCC)
9 August 2017
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