7 March 2019

South Africa: An Army of Trolls Marches On in Mindless Violence - and Nobody Is Stopping Them

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Screenshot of a tweet from EFF leader Julius Malema accusing veteran journalist Karima Brown of using "moles" to spy on the party.

Not one of a suite of criminal cases laid against the EFF and its supporters for violence against journalists and others has got out of the starting blocks, suggesting that the party enjoys virtual impunity.

Seven cases laid against the EFF in its year of violence, 2018, that is leeching into 2019, are now virtual cold cases, according to research by Daily Maverick.

The EFF and its supporters' violent cyber-attacks on journalists are in focus again as a television host and radio anchor Karima Brown faced rape and violence threats on Tuesday after the party's president Julius Malema put her mobile number on Twitter, where he has a following of 2.3-million users.

A year ago, Netwerk24 photojournalist André de Kock was beaten up by EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu and, while an investigating officer was assigned to the case, he has not been called to provide a statement on a case that has stalled.

A month ago, EFF MP Marshall Dlamini smacked warrant officer Johan Carstens after the State of the Nation Address - by Wednesday, there was no progress on the investigation, despite video footage showing what had happened.

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