End Conscription Campaign lawyers received an application by South African Defence Force for the hearing to be held in camera. Any reporting of the details of the application has effectively been prevented.
ECC attorney Justin Hardcastle explained: "The effect of the application is that we cannot report any of the proceedings. We are bound by secrecy. This is a ludicrous situation."
It can be reported that at a press conference held earlier this year, the ECC noted its concern about the smear campaign conducted against it in Cape Town last year. It has also been reported that the ECC had instructed its attorneys to investigate a possible interdict against the SADF.
ECC members are known to be concerned about pamphlets, posters and T-shirts that appeared in Cape Town last year, smearing the organization and its members.
This article originally appeared in the Weekly Mail.