"Sunday Times journalists should not cover EFF events, the party was adopting a “self-defence” stance"
EFF LEADER Julius Malema said yesterday that the EFF should do a roll call of journalists at its events to ensure that reporters from certain media houses do not attend.
“Let me tell you, I will not be interviewed by a Sunday Times journalist. Nobody will force me, not even a court of law can force me. No judge will come and open my mouth. I don’t want them. They shouldn’t come anywhere. The EFF must start taking a roll call of journalists at EFF events. We don’t want Sunday Times journalists,” Malema told a crowd of supporters at the Brooklyn police station in Pretoria after laying corruption charges against Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan.
“They (the Sunday Times) said Malema is a bully, is a racist, and he must be stopped. It means they are pushing me back, so I’ll (also) push back. They have taken a political position. They cannot take a political decision, then say to us we can’t take a political decision (as well). They hit you on this cheek and expect you to offer the other cheek – I’m not like that. You hit me here with a clap, I hit you with a very strong fist. I’ll take you down,” said Malema.
He said by insisting that Sunday Times journalists should not cover EFF events, the party was adopting a “self-defence” stance.
“Let’s stay very far from each other. There’s no Sunday Times here which is going to take a political decision and expect me to keep quiet. Let me remind you, I’m not Nelson Mandela, and I don’t want to be Nelson Mandela. Neither am I one of the ANC politicians. In the EFF we do things differently here. That nonsense you do to ANC politicians … you won’t do it with me. Not with me. I know my rights,” said Malema to cheers from his followers.
He told the EFF supporters to take on the critics and journalists “toe-to-toe” on different social media platforms.
“We don’t have a problem with journalists … these people are not actually journalists – the majority of them. They are people who write columns. They are analysts.”
Meanwhile, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan yesterday dismissed the Economic Freedom Fighters’ corruption charges against him as an abuse of the justice system and an attack on efforts to combat graft and state capture at state-owned companies.
“Their so-called ‘charge sheet’ is baseless, containing a set of lies, fake news and fabrications,” the minister said. – ANA