Fikile Mbalula.  Picture: SOWETAN
Fikile Mbalula. Picture: SOWETAN

Police minister Fikile Mbalula drew a line between the freedom to protest and sheer intimidation of journalists by Gupta thugs Black First Land First (BLF) (even if he really should mind his penchant for violent language: “We must hit them hard ... When they come to my house I’ll finish them.”) But he has stood up for reporters and the rule of law, after a BLF mob demo outside the house of columnist Peter Bruce. “We will never agree with those who attack journalists ... that is wrong,” he said. “We are going to arrest them very soon.”

Cringing over its work for the “state capture” Guptas in SA, UK-based public relations firm Bell Pottinger finally sacked its partner, Victoria Geoghegan, who led the account, and suspended three other staff for “inappropriate and offensive” activity for its former client. CEO James Henderson said the firm had been misled about the work and has hired a law firm to audit it before taking appropriate action. “However, we have already been shown interim evidence which has dismayed us,” he added.

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