Malema's call for economic freedom important: Miyeni

2011-08-02 13:13

Johannesburg - ANCYL president Julius Malema's call for economic freedom is the single most important since former president Nelson Mandela's call to arms 50 years ago, columnist Eric Miyeni said on Talk Radio 702 on Tuesday.

Miyeni called the radio station to talk to Malema during an hour-long broadcast during which listeners were given the opportunity to ask him questions.

"Please carry on, we can't have this poverty," Miyeni told Malema.

The ANCYL came out in support of Miyeni after the Sowetan newspaper discontinued his column because of comments he made about City Press editor Ferial Haffajee.

In a column titled "Haffajee does it for white masters", Miyeni wrote that in the 1980s Haffajee would probably have had a burning tyre around her neck.

"Who the devil is she anyway if not a black snake in the grass, deployed by white capital to sow discord among blacks?" he asked.

‘We need more Erics in this country’

Haffajee said she took the comments seriously and planned to sue Miyeni.

Malema told radio listeners that he liked Miyeni's courage.

"We need more Erics in this country," he said.

Malema said Miyeni had criticised the ANCYL a number of times in his column and it had never called for him to be fired.

On Tuesday, the ANCYL said it had asked to meet with representatives of publishing house Avusa and the Sowetan newspaper to demand an explanation for the firing of Miyeni.

"The ANCYL will soon seek a meeting with those who terminated the column to get an explanation on their application of principles, because they are simply out of line and abominable," spokesperson Floyd Shivambu said in a statement.

On Tuesday, a person claiming to be Miyeni wrote on the social networking site Twitter: "Right now I am being crucified for telling the truth. Justice will prevail."

Miyeni denied making the comments posted by @ericmiyeni and said this was not his official Twitter page.

The previous day, @ericmiyeni posted: "I'm not the editor of the Sowetan, nor do I decide what gets published and what doesn't."

"I will not by any means apologise for speaking the truth and expressing my right to freedom of expression," he wrote later.

"At some point in life, one person has to stand up to this chaos! I don't hate Ferial, but the truth must spoken! [sic]"


Read more on:    sowetan  |  ancyl  |  ferial haffajee  |  julius malema  |  eric miyeni  |  economy  |  media

Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24


ANCYL: Not voting would be blasphemy

Not voting in the forthcoming elections would be blasphemy, the ANCYL says in a statement commemorating the 50th anniversary of struggle icon Nelson Mandela's Rivonia trial speech.


Latest elections multimedia

Why Jack Parow wants you to vote on 7 May
The ad the SABC doesn't want to air
Elections 2014 in one cartoon
This year's election posters
  • Thursday Sir Lowry's Pass - 05:35 AM
    Road name: Old Sir Lowrys Pass Road
    TRAFFIC LIGHTS not working at Bezweni Road
  • Thursday Cape Town - 05:35 AM
    Road name: Buitengracht Street
    TRAFFIC LIGHTS not working at Waterkant Street
More traffic reports...

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now! - shop online today

Get many eggs in one basket!

Gaming bundles: 2 Super Hits games for R99, 3 Disney games for R99 and more + exclusive accessory bundles only available on While stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Up to 25% off electronics

Buy top electronics and save up to 25%. Such as’s 1# selling product the gobii eReader, Patriot X Porter flash drive, Asus Nexus 7” 3G tablet, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Lenovo G580 Notebook and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off appliances & homeware

Save up to 30% on appliances and homeware this Easter! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Huawei B683 21Mbps 3G Wireless Router

Huawei B683 21Mbps 3G Wireless Router The B683 wireless gateway (hereinafter...

From R1671.00

I'm shopping for:


There may be a break through, either through quiet contemplative time to connect to your deep side or forced on you more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.