- Ranjeni Munusamy has blocked Julius Malema on Twitter after being subjected to abuse at one of his rallies
- Malema responded to the block by mockingly saying that a “friend of Jacob Zuma” had blocked him
- Malema and Munusamy had once enjoyed a cordial relationship but evidently recent events have put an end to it
After recently attacking journalists at a recent rally, including Ranjeni Munusamy, Malema took to Twitter to remind his supporters that she had once been a “friend of Jacob Zuma”.
This was the last straw for Munusamy, an associate editor at Tiso Blackstar, who has blocked Malema on Twitter.
“You are no longer allowed to abuse me publicly and still talk to me privately Mr Malema. Your followers don’t know that you try to maintain relations with us while playing them with your war talk. That [is] the psychology of an abuser. I will no longer allow that,” she tweeted.
“Why would a politician bleat profanities at me at a rally and immediately want to check my timeline for my reaction? It’s abnormal and an abusive psychology,” she added in another tweet.
Malema confirmed the block on Twitter, saying “The manager of ‘Friends of Jacob Zuma’ website also blocked me.”
This seems hypocritical coming from Malema, who was also a very avid supporter of the former president in his day. This was around the same time as Munusamy’s support of Zuma. Malema had even declared that he would “kill or die” for the ex-president.
The feud had stemmed from Julius Malema attacking Munusamy as well as other journalists outside of the state capture inquiry. Munusamy had been in attendance at the rally and had obviously heard every word.
Malema had labelled Munusamy as well as other journalists as the “Ramaphosa defence force”.
This incident was entered into a statement by SANEF ( the South African National Editor’s Forum) as one of its reasons for wanting to meet with the EFF.
Malema had not always held this view, in fact, he had held a few of the journalists he had lambasted in high regard. He had often spoken at The Daily Maverick’s The Gathering, an annual event, where Munusamy had once worked.
The publication has since released a number of articles shedding a not so savory light on the EFF leader, probably prompting his rant and most definitely making any future invitation to their events unlikely.
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