|Friday, 09 April 2010|
|IN an astonishing attack, the ANC Youth League’s president has called a BBC journalist a “bastard” and an ”agent”, according to a report in the Sowetan.
Julius Malema was addressing the media on the ANCYL’s recent visit to Zimbabwe. He criticised Zimbabwean opposition party the Movement for Democratic Change, saying they should go back to Zimbabwe instead of working from offices in Sandton, Johannesburg.British Broadcasting Corporation journalist Jonah Fisher interjected, saying Malema lived in Sandton — unleashing a barrage of insults.
“This is a building of a revolutionary party and you know nothing about revolution so here you behave or else you jump,” he said, speaking from Luthuli House in the Johannesburg CBD.
Fisher attempted to respond, but Malema did not relent.
“Chief, can you get security to remove this thing here?” he requested of staff present on Luthuli House’s 11th floor, the venue for most party media briefings.
“If you are not going to behave we are going to call security to take you out. This is not a newsroom this, this is a revolutionary house and you don’t come here with your white tendency. Don’t come here with that white tendency, not here, you can do it somewhere else.
“If you’ve got a tendency of undermining blacks even where you work you are in the wrong place.”
Malema then asked him to leave saying: “… Rubbish is what you have covered in that trouser, that is rubbish.”
The BBC declined to comment when contacted after the briefing.