amaBhungane prides itself as a non-profit company dedicated to the development of investigative journalism in the public interest. amaBhungane is behind the Gupta Leaks.
The company says its mandate is to produce stories that are accurate, fair and in the public interest. “We expose wrongdoing and hold power to account.”
But then, the Black First Land First (BLF) movement has always insisted that amaBhungane manufactures fake news. This has led to confrontations between the BLF and amaBhungane.
We’ve already reported that amaBhungane managing partner Sam Sole, the South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) and HuffPost SA editor-at-large Ferial Haffajee launched an urgent application for the BLF leader, Andile Mngxitama to be arrested and imprisoned for 3 months.
The application attained a suspended sentence of Andile Mngxitama to three months in prison.
Apart from the sentence Mngxitama bagged, the court ordered amaBhungane to grant BLF the debate it has been asking for regarding the Gupta Leaks news reports.
BLF believes that a debate with amaBhungane will expose that the Gupta Leaks reports are fake news and emails manufactured by amaBhungane to promote the agenda of white monopoly capital.
The movement told that Court that amaBhungane is running away from an open debate because it is afraid of being exposed for being manufacturers of fake news.
As such, the court ordered AmaBhungane to have a debate with BLF. In a statement the party issued, it confirmed this development thus:
“…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 …why he looked confused?
…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.”
Above all, BLF dared amaBhungane to stop running away from the debate and establish the genuineness of its Gupta Leaks reports.