Did EFF leader Julius Malema make himself guilty of hate speech when he said he “did not have to kill” journalists whom he believed were dishonest? And should he and his party be held responsible for their supporters’ purported acts of intimidation against the media?

These questions go to the heart of an application brought before the Equality Court on Monday, where five journalists and the SA National Editors Forum (Sanef) applied for an interdict against Malema and the EFF, who they accuse of creating a “toxic” working environment for reporters.

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