BLF Leader Has Been Sentenced To Three Months In Prison


Earlier this month, BuzzSouthAfrica reported that the BLF leader, Andile Mngxitama may be arrested and imprisoned for 3 months.

Then, an urgent application was launched for his arrest at the North Gauteng High Court by the South African National Editors Forum (Sanef), amaBhungane managing partner Sam Sole and HuffPost SA editor-at-large Ferial Haffajee.

Court papers revealed that the group wanted the Court to order the immediate arrest of Andile Mngxitama. They argued that BLF and its leader are in contempt of a court order given by Judge Corrie van der Westhuizen on July 7.

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The Judge on the date stated above granted an interdict Sanef applied for after BLF supporters assaulted Business Day editor, Tim Cohen.

Mngxitama was to be arrested and imprisoned for three months (90 days) if the High Court grants the application.

It has now emerged that the Black First Land First and its leader were found to be in contempt of a court order.

According to reports, Judge Sharise Weiner sentenced Andile Mngxitama to three months in prison.  However, the Judge decided to suspend the sentence on the condition that Mngxitama complies with the court order.

Judge Weiner refused to impose a financial penalty. She instead warned that the BLF leader will be sent to jail and members of the party arrested if they continue to harass and intimidate journalists.

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Meanwhile, the Black First Land First movement said it has chosen the path of anti imperialism and is at war with white monopoly capital.

“BLF is an anti-imperialist movement which understands that once imperialism is allowed to take away the semblance of independence we have, we shall be plunged into naked oppression, exploitation and violence for profits.

“It is the duty of anti-imperialists to defend national sovereignty…,” asserted the party.