Malema 'not remorseful'

2010-04-09 07:21

Johannesburg - ANC Youth League president Julius Malema said on Thursday night that he was not "remorseful" over chasing BBC journalist, Jonah Fisher, from a media briefing.

"We are not remorseful on our stance (sic) and will never be remorseful about disrespectful journalists; particularly [those] from countries whose media always undermine the credibility and integrity of African leaders."

Malema said he had been provoked by Fisher's comments.


"In the process answering to questions, a white guy, whom we later discovered is a reporter from the British Broadcasting Corporation, interjected when we were expressing the disgust over the fact that [Zimbabwe's] Movement for Democratic Change is throwing insults at the ANC Youth League leadership from air-conditioned offices in Sandton, whilst the masses are on the ground in Zimbabwe."

"He, in a very scornful way responded saying 'but you stay in Sandton'."

Malema said he became "agitated" when Fisher did not back down.

He said, however, that the youth league would be willing to talk to Fisher if he wanted to apologise.

"Our doors are however open for engagement with the journalist if he intends to render an apology and we will from there decide what will happen."

Malema also lashed out at the way the media reported on the incident.

Distorted picture

"We are disturbed on how most media houses have portrayed a distorted picture on what exactly happened. They presented a picture that we just responded to the journalists without provocation and that is mischievous."

He said the youth league would defend free speech and media freedom but that it "should be expressed within certain confines".

"We respect the rights of journalists to openly engage on whatever issue they deem suitable, but they should not be disrespectful."

The National Press Club will, meanwhile, host a summit in Sandton on Friday to discuss the incident at the media briefing.

"The National Press Club will …discuss a way forward following Malema's handling of the media," chairperson Yusuf Abramjee said.

  • SA - 2010-04-09 07:40

    Cause Malema stays in Sandton he can do what eva he wants...ya right...maybe he must look after all of us first then others and him

  • Kevin - 2010-04-09 07:41

    Jum Jum can't handle that he is a closet European with his French Champaigne, Italian shoes, German cars etc etc. He is supposed to be a "Leader" can't he handle a bit of scrutiny and pressure. So everytime he is going to be put in on the spot he is going to refer to revolution and whites? What if it was a black South African journey that said said to him "but you stay in Sandton"? Think about that...

  • john - 2010-04-09 07:42

    And the Zimbabweans said revolution would never happen in thir country......
    South Africa wake up, this man is talking WAR! Why is this idiot continually allowed to be blatantly RACIST!?!?!?

  • Bryce Waugh - 2010-04-09 07:43

    A few days in Zimbabwe and he is already acting like Mugabe.

  • G - 2010-04-09 07:43

    Julius Malema is so consumed by racial hatred towards white people that he actually has lost a grip on reality. Unfortunately Zuma will do NOTHING to stop him until foreign investors start pulling the plug on SA.

  • Ant - 2010-04-09 07:44

    Who will be the next targets - Indian and coloured people? How is it that the ANC does not react on this? We have worked very hard towards democracy in S.A and I have many black friends. They are all ashamed of this. Let us live in peace. Apartheid is over Malema, and its part of history. The one thing about history is that we dont learn from it. Just a hint!

  • sipho - 2010-04-09 07:44

    Malema, you are an embarassment to this country and to our youth. People should not be asking you to apologise, but rather to step dowm as president. I am ashamed and concerned by your behaviour and complete rascim that you portrait.

  • Tyrone - 2010-04-09 07:47

    It just goes to show that the "honourable" Juluis Malema does not enjoy the benefits of a proper upbringing. He has absolutely no culture or conviction to treat anybody with respect. His comment that he was provoked just shows that he does not have the temprament to occupy the seat he does. For this position one would think that BMT would be an essential requirement. Show me any other politician (except Mugabe) that would react to a perfectly legitimate question in the way our "future President". I am of the opinion that the whole world will now see that our whole goverment is out of their league. Well done Malema. (just for the record Mr. Malema, I am being sarcastic.)

  • Rowie - 2010-04-09 07:47

    Its really discgusting that our balck leaders are handling themselves in such a manner on a public platform."Rubbish is what is covered on your pants" what kind of a leader who addresses media like that? This country is quickly turning to be more like Zim. Dont get me wrong, Im a black fellow and I certainly dont like white people that much but, that is not how we address them. Its really unfortunate that even our president does not seem to care as to what this boy is doing. Julius please you are not bigger that the country!!! Would you please just take a minute to think before you say something?

  • witkoos - 2010-04-09 07:47

    "In the process answering to questions, a white guy ... " and this is all you saw - the color of his skin. If "a white guy" has something to say it must be "rubbish"

  • Shocked - 2010-04-09 07:48

    Julius Malema is a true clown...

  • Nature - 2010-04-09 07:49

    That to me was getting back at that journo and others who feasted themselves on JZ while visiting the UK. I do not feel bad at all about Malema's remorse yesterday, something had to be sad. Thank you Julius, you made my day.

  • Dalene - 2010-04-09 07:49

    If we all stopped commenting on the idiot maybe he would go away, but the more he is in the media the more publicity he gets. He is an ignorant idiot that needs to know when to shut up.

  • Allan Harvey - 2010-04-09 07:49

    What an idiot and an embarrasment to all South Africans.

  • Will - 2010-04-09 07:50

    The irony of course is that during the apartheid years the international media were South Africas harshes critic, swaying the world opinion to the point where South Africa was completly isolated. Now, the very same poeple are finding flaws in the current goverment and all of a sudden they are racsits and "agents". THe reason why there is so many negative reports about Africa is because there is alot negative in africa (rawanda, Xenophobia, Robert Mugabe, Somalia, Ida Amem, Poverty, Aids, Civil War...the list goes on and on!

  • observer - 2010-04-09 07:51

    Hee hee. Thats rich. Check out what happens locally. The journos do exactly the same, and NOTHING happens - the person being interviewed gets hammered. Its not wise to hold, or participate in a press conference if you arent prepared to take the heat...

  • Burgiesburnin - 2010-04-09 07:51

    The ANC cant sort this idiot out so as usual we will need to rely on the British to do it for us.Malema is out of control, he does more damage to this country every time he opens his mouth. The situation is made worse by the ANC not backing away from the prat.

  • Bubbles - 2010-04-09 07:51

    Does Julius really know what the word "provoke" mean? I really hope this thing does not become our president one day. His a small boy without any respect for anybody but those whose hand outs he lives from. I think he has a serious psychological problem. Maybe it's all the "expensive" Whiskey...Alcohol destroys brain cells you know.

  • Robert - 2010-04-09 07:51

    Why should a journalist apologize when he made a simple remark which is a FACT? Is that how far Mr. Malema has degenerated in showing no respect for press freedom? What is further disturbing is that the rest of the reporters stayed and showed no solidarity for Mr. Fisher. A total shame in a "DEMOCRATIC" country. By staying they have merely given Malema once again the platform to carry on as he see fit.

    The time has come that the ANC and by mouth of President Zuma take Malema and teach him what makes a truly great politician.

    "Accept responsibility for your actions Mr. Malema!!

  • darius - 2010-04-09 07:53

    Thangarai of the MDC had to flee from Mugabe's military to SA. That was the reason for offices in Sandton. Malema lives in Sandton due to his financial gain form tenders, which he denies. This is a very sensitive point for Malema, as he lives in luxury, while the people he represents, lives in poverty.He makes the correct noises for the people to support him.

  • Clintonv - 2010-04-09 07:53

    He does not even have respect for the dead, so how do anyone expect him to show remorse for his actions. He is a uneducated thug, pushing communist practices but falls short by FILLING his pockets and saying to his brain dead followers "I feel your pain and know how hard life is"

  • jo - 2010-04-09 07:54

    Malema is a major idiot. he is starting a race war. the way he is behaving he thinks he rules this country - maybe he does as the ANC don't say anything. If he likes Zimbabwes politics, then he should move there. he wants to kill the boer, then where is he going to get his food from? how can anyone support this idiot? he is a clown. he is giving South Africa a bad name.

  • Debbie - 2010-04-09 07:54

    I don't even know if it's wortwhile responding to this idiot's shinanigans anymore. This type of behaviour is unacceptable. The ANC should remove him from power because he is making them look even worse than they are. The absolute and blatant arrogance is disgusting! The reporter merely stated a fact that Malema lives in Sandton. This offended him? Maybe he should go and move in with the masses in Zimbabwe, see how they really live. Hopefully he will then realize it's because of his cadre, Bob. Who also lives in the absolute lap of luxury while his people are starving.

    Guess he makes old Andre Visagie look like an amateur now. I wonder where all the vocal people are now, you know... The same ones who started attacking us Afrikaans people when Visagie lost his cool...

  • Karen - 2010-04-09 07:54

    So, Malema can be "provoked" and act in anger, but apparently Visagie can't....

  • Media - 2010-04-09 07:55

    Are these the leaders of South Africa? No wonder people are cancelling their tickets to come to south africa, when we have a bunch of racist clowns as leaders. We need to grow up and move on

  • Wayne - 2010-04-09 07:55

    If He dont like to be in the media, take it away from him.

  • Mmathabo - 2010-04-09 07:57

    Do will still have a president or was he replaced overnight by the rude and abrupt Malema??
    Do not give this troublemaker any media"cover" Ignore him please. You are putting our country to shame and you have no respect for others not even for yourself.
    I wonder what would have happend if it was a whiteman doing what you did?? Big shit if you ask me. STOP MALEMA BY IGNORIG HIM!!Go live in Zim and take all that is in RSA with you please. Our people in the Limpopo will have jobs again to feed their families. GO GO GO to Zim!!!!MugJul can replace the name of Zim.Tshaba Julius tshaba!!!Your are a NOGA!!(snake)

  • navarac - 2010-04-09 07:58

    If Julius Malema and his supporters continue to behave in this way, we must seriously consider that the outbursts are fuelled by hate for anyone and everybody who is not of his persuasion. Personally, if someone has wronged me, I tend to avoid future confrontations so that I can get on with my life. I don't hate Malema but I feel terribly sad that he should harbour so much hate for me when he doen't even know me. If we could sit down and chat, he would discover that I am also a proud South African and that I want the world to respect and envy SA.

  • Patrick - 2010-04-09 07:58

    As a journo, Julius has seriously shot himself in the foot. Pen is mightier than the sword and all that. But really, he cannot stop us from pointing out the obvious.

  • Jim - 2010-04-09 07:59

    Malema is without a doubt a Mugabe in the making. The scary thing is that the ANC support his views. They want money from the west, but no comments.

  • Boerseun - 2010-04-09 07:59

    The only one at fault here is Malema. Hoepfully the BBC will boycott him at every opportunity and expose the real truth about this man all the time. The fact that all reportrs did not leave the room as well, does also show their lack of morals when it comes to freedom of speech.

  • sivad - 2010-04-09 07:59

    It appears to me that Malema is cracking under the stress of the glare of media. He appears to wish he was born in another era where he could be a revolutionary fighting against the white supremacists. Instead, he is showing disrespect to the party he so feverently serves and he is hiding this behind rascist mudslinging. I would not say that this country has a racial divide, rather a cultural divide in which things said and done are grossly misinterpreted. I believe that prejudices are rive in this country and the only way forward is to engage in dialogue in which we learn about our cultures, we will find more similarities than differences. A perceived prejudice against white south africans held by some communities; "White South Africans are all descendants from Dutch settlers" and if a person complains about service or talks out of turn they are acting "white". Add this to the prejudices of White South africans who cannot speak or understand the language or culture of the many other people in their land (many who are not "black" or "Zulu"). Lastly, I do not beleive that Malema has a true idea about journalistic freedom. "They can be free so long as they listen to me" - here begins the journey of a new, oppresive dictator.

  • Freedom - 2010-04-09 08:00

    It seems that JM is in charge - the ANC is like a little lap dog.

    Julias is the biggest hippocrate of them all.
    All the lux. he is enjoying is from the western world. - Not even to talk about being a Rasist. Nothing can ever be said without him bringing in the white people and how wrong "they" are.

    All that the rest of the world is seeing is that this illiterate man is intending to destroy this country and the ruling party is silently complying - Maybe this is wat the ANC really wants.

  • herman - 2010-04-09 08:01

    Why write news articles about everything this idiot do and says - by doing this he is actually achieving his goals. The media should ignore him and he will disappear quietly

  • John - 2010-04-09 08:01

    Does Julius Melema understand the damage that he is doing to this country of ours. He has just proved what a racist he is and he is not supporting the 'original' ANC's vision of a united South Africa. He is burning all bridge and destroying any efforts that have been made in the reconciliation process of this beautiful country. He is trying hard to be the next Robert Mugabe and if not stopped he will destroy race relations and run our economy into the ground or is this the path that the ANC actually wants to follow?

  • Peter - 2010-04-09 08:01

    So he can be disrespectful but noone can disrespect him. WOW thats childish!
    His organisation should be called the ANC Baby League

  • I Love Malema(giggle) - 2010-04-09 08:02

    LOL ----- Julius you are Definitely the biggest clown to date ! ! ! heheheheeee

  • Circus_fan - 2010-04-09 08:02

    Anything you can do i can do better...anything you can do i can do to....

    Once again the world see us as the Neanderthals from Africa, when will they be civilized.

    Respect is a huge deal in the African Culture but a "Seasoned" politician should know how to deal with it.

  • Thandeka - 2010-04-09 08:03

    Cars run on fuel - you run on pure raw hate! It will devour you, you horrible, rude, uneducated racist

  • the Smiths - 2010-04-09 08:03

    Big Mouth Strikes again!!!

  • Semjaja - 2010-04-09 08:03

    "He said the youth league would defend free speech and media freedom but that it "should be expressed within certain confines"."

    uhm... oxymoron anyone?

  • Andre - 2010-04-09 08:03

    Nice picture that is being painted by our government before the Word Cup Soccer.

  • YasButIDunno - 2010-04-09 08:03

    Who exactly is the "we" that Malema is constantly referring to? Does he have multiple personality disorder? He is sure starting to sound like his buddy Mugabe. JuJu = MauMau.

  • Steve - 2010-04-09 08:04

    Malema, you are an embarrassment to our beautiful country. How old are you? 29? That means you were 10 when apartheid ended? So you fought the struggle then? Surely the ANC need to step in now. How can he openly support the Zanu PF and Mugabe? Julius you are a clown with not one brain cell between those ears of yours. I wish you'd just shut up so we could all just get along with eachother, because strangely enough Julius, we aren't all racist like you.

  • Steve - 2010-04-09 08:04

    What an idiot. Take him to the cradle of mankind where they have found the new fossils. Let him see that evolution has not worked in his case

  • Stuart Ashdown - 2010-04-09 08:05

    How can South Africa move forward with someone like this in the fold?

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  • Andre - 2010-04-09 08:06

    What example is this to our youth?

  • Bussiahn - 2010-04-09 08:06

    This is a most interesting time for South Africa. There are so many different parts that make up this nation and we have chosen democracy as the way forward which allows for freedom of speech. Rather than look at the various incidents that Malema is involved in we should look instead at what his proposed policies will bring. Like any other state run country, the gap between the rich and the poor will become larger and the middle class will disappear. One should ask Julius if he is happy to nationalise his businesses too. If we do not work at building skills then giving our assets to those who are incapable will result in destruction of our resources. The way forward is for government to get it right at Basic Service Delivery levels. When water and electricity become a reality in rural areas then proper farming and progress can begin. Redistribution is a short cut with a poor track record. At the same time it is imperative that the true nature and culture of the masses in this country is placed as priority. People are starving, homeless and jobless. We HAVE to fight this. The Middle Class and Big Business have a responsibility to care for the people they indirectly exploit and the truth is that if greater effort is not made by the "haves" to help the "have nots" then it will be taken from them.

  • Malema is a JOKE! - 2010-04-09 08:06

    Malema is a serious JOKE!!!