Karima Brown, a political analyst and the host of eNCA's The Fix, planned to lay charges of intimidation and incitement of violence against the EFF.
Karima Brown, a political analyst and the host of eNCA’s The Fix, planned to lay charges of intimidation and incitement of violence against the EFF.
However, she said the police at Johannesburg’s Sophiatown Police Station prevented her from opening a case and told her to rather get a protection order.
This comes after Brown claimed to have been receiving threatening messages on message platform WhatsApp, as reported by eNCA.
I wanted to lay a charge because I think that we are going into a heightened political climate, we’re going into elections and if journalists are going to be threatened by political parties and told by their leaders that they are in a war and we are their enemies, then it is important for the police to protect us and provide us with our constitutional right to be able to do our jobs.
According to Brown, the messages came from a member of the EFF, Sibonginseni Masika Thupa from Elliotdale. He allegedly called her ‘the number one enemy’.
A report by The Citizen indicates that Brown said she was one of a few journalists who received threats and mentioned that Ranjeni Munusamy and Pauli Van Wyk were also targeted.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Brown claimed that Julius Malema, leader of the EFF, also intimidated her in the past. It’s not clear whether the police helped Brown to lay a charge by now.