He states that some of the Prasa employees who had threatened the activists on January 17 were then present at parliamentary sittings with the Portfolio Committee on Transport on February 6 and February 13.
The affidavit states: “We were scared and felt intimidated‚ and have been left wondering what will happen next. We felt insecure about our safety as a result of these threats.”
Marie-Lou Gillespie of De Abreu & Cohen Attorneys‚ who is representing UniteBehind‚ says that the Prasa legal department is aware of the case and have as yet not opposed it.
“Prasa has until 26 March to oppose the interim interdict‚” said Gillespie. “If they do not oppose‚ we will ask the court to make the interdict final.”
Gillespie explains that an interdict provides added protection for an individual’s rights.
“If someone interfered with my rights‚ and they intimidated me or harassed me‚ or did any of the things that they had been interdicted from doing‚ then they would be in contempt of the court order‚” said Gillespie.
She says that an interdict provides quick relief from harassment‚ intimidation‚ threats or any other breaches of the interdict.
“It’s a shorter route to results; the other route is very slow‚” said Gillespie.
Prasa spokesperson Nana Zenani said: “We respect the court ruling.” - Ground Up