The lawyers of talk show host Karima Brown have argued that Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema's refusal to immediately condemn party supporters who threatened her demonstrates intent.
The Johannesburg High Court heard the matter between Brown and Malema on Monday after the EFF leader published Brown's private phone number on Twitter in March, leading to her receiving death and rape threats.
Brown recently called on the Electoral Commission of South Africa to intervene over this issue.
Thando Kubheka details some of what was heard in court on Monday. She says Brown's lawyers are seeking a declaration from the court.
This declaration is that Malema and his party have breached the Electoral Court of ethics by taking that screenshot and publishing her number, exposing her to intimidation and accusing her of sending moles to an EFF event.— Thando Kubheka, Reporter - EWN
Brown's lawyers told the high court that Malema's tweet incited violence against women and aggravated his supporters to bully her online. They are saying his refusal to immediately condemn his supporters or people subjecting Brown to this abuse online demonstrated intent on his side and he saw nothing wrong with his actions.— Thando Kubheka, Reporter - EWN
They want the court to give him a formal warning to say if you do it again you may find yourself in serisou trouble. They say the public needs to know Malema broke the rules of free and fair elections.— Thando Kubheka, Reporter - EWN
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