Journalists and BLF members clash after Duduzane Zuma's court appearance

Journalists and members of the Black First Land First (BLF) clash outside the Randburg Magistrate's Court in Johannesburg after Duduzane Zuma's an appearance. He is facing charges of culpable homicide linked to a 2014 collision between his Porsche and a minibus taxi.
Journalists and members of the Black First Land First (BLF) clash outside the Randburg Magistrate's Court in Johannesburg after Duduzane Zuma's an appearance. He is facing charges of culpable homicide linked to a 2014 collision between his Porsche and a minibus taxi.
Image: Alaister Russell/The Sunday Times

A scuffle broke out between members of Black First Land First (BLF) and some journalists outside the Randburg Magistrate's Court on Wednesday after the appearance of former president Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane.

Shortly after Zuma’s case was postponed‚ AfriForum’s Kallie Kriel attempted to address the media but was prevented by BLF activists‚ who shouted: “It’s a matter of black people! No racist is going to speak for our people!”

BLF leader Andile Mngxitama accused the media of being biased and called for a more truthful reporting. He also said his movement was under attack because it was defending former president Zuma and radical economic transformation.

“Today we are here to stand in solidarity with Duduzane Zuma‚ who again we know is attacked only because he is a son of Jacob Zuma‚” said Mngxitama.

He vowed that their members would protect themselves at all costs. “Any white person who touches us‚ we are going to defend ourselves‚” he warned.

Inside the courtroom‚ Zuma's case was postponed until August 23.

The magistrate said the postponement was to give the defence more time to go through the charges and documentation pertaining to the case‚ which relates to a 2014 car crash that left two women dead.

Scuffles broke out at the Randburg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday July 12 2018 as members of the Black First Land First accosted Afriforum CEO Kallie Kriel, after Duduzane Zuma appeared in court.

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