Juju’s outburst cannot be condoned at all - ANC

2010-04-09 11:44

The ANC “strongly condemned” its Youth League President Julius Malema’s

treatment of a BBC journalist, a spokesperson said today.

“The aggressive and insultive (sic) behaviour to the said

journalist that culminated with Mr Fisher walking out of the Youth League press

briefing cannot be condoned at all,” said Jackson Mthembu.

The ruling party issued a strongly-worded response to the incident

at an ANCYL media briefing yesterday.

“The unfortunate outburst by Comrade Julius Malema did not only

reflect negatively on him, but also reflected negatively on the ANCYL, the

entire ANC family, our alliance partners as well as South Africa in the eyes of

the international community.”

Mudslinging

Malema called BBC journalist, Jonah Fisher, a “bastard” and a

“bloody agent” before booting him out of the media briefing.

This was after Fisher had quipped that Malema lived in Sandton

while the Youth League president chastised Zimbabwean political party, the

Movement for Democratic Change, for operating out of offices in Sandton, an

upmarket area in Johannesburg.

“The behaviour in question, by the ANCYL president is not in

keeping with the culture and traditions as well as conduct of a cadre and leader

of the ANC.

“No amount of alleged provocation that was directed to Comrade

Julius Malema could justify such a response. We are of a firm view that this

matter could have been handled differently.

“The leadership abilities and qualities of the position that

Comrade Julius Malema holds, should have prepared him to deal with the issue in

a manner that demonstrated leadership,” Mthembu said.

He also condemned “whatever provocation” had emanated from the said

journalist.


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