- Adriaan Basson, editor-in-chief at News24, has spoken out about Julius Malema after being called a 'racist thing' by the EFF leader
- Basson relates how, when it suited him, Malema had embraced media as a tool against Jacob Zuma
- Malema has recently lashed out against the media, including personal attacks on journalists
In a recent tell-all article News24’s Adriaan Basson has revealed that Julius Malema used to call him with tip-offs.
Earlier this week Julius Malema had referred to the editor-in-chief as a “racist thing” in a response to SANEF’s request to address recent comments made by the EFF leader on the topic of the media.
“My whiteness wasn’t an issue when Malema gave me stories in our common pursuit to expose corruption. This week Malema called me a “racist thing”. He no longer takes my calls. Malema is back to his ANC Youth League ways of toxic race politics.” said Basson.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier this week that Malema had used the State Capture Inquiry as an opportunity to rally supporters and in the process lashed out at the media. Ranjeni Munusamy, one of the journalists he had attacked, had actually been standing in the crowd. She had been attacked by EFF supporters later in a store nearby after the protest.
According to Basson, the EFF is unravelling at what he deems to be breakneck speed.
“It was only a year ago that Malema and the EFF were still riding their high horse against Jacob Zuma-sponsored state capture. And let's face it: we all loved the way at which Malema and his red command gave Zuma the stick.”
However, the honeymoon ended when the EFF leader’s own name started appearing in the news, linked to less than favourable allegations.
“We know now that it was never an anti-corruption ticket, but an anti-Zuma corruption one.” Basson went on to say.
According to Basson their relationship had started in 2011 when himself and colleague Piet Rampedi had exposed Malema’s family trust’s involvement in some questionable deals. This was part of the reason for his expulsion from the ANC.
“Malema never admitted to me that he did anything wrong. He saw the case against him as a conspiracy to have him imprisoned to limit his political ambitions.” said Basson.
“Malema never had an issue with my whiteness and I often told colleagues how different the person was that I saw on the other side of the table to the rousing speaker on stage. I found him quite shy and often got the impression that he was craving a life away from the limelight with his wife and children.”
Basson went on to say that after his expulsion from the ANC, Malema found himself in limbo and had needed to reinvent himself to stay politically relevant, and so the Economic Freedom Fighters had been born.
With an enemy in his sights, Malema had been in his element and had the support of the people behind him in his fight against Zuma.
When Zuma had eventually caved to the pressure to resign it had left Malema with the need to reinvent himself once again. He had remained reletively silent while Ramaphosa took centre stage.
“Advancing a cause, like land expropriation, will only take the EFF so far. Malema thrives on fighting an enemy and settled on Pravin Gordhan, white people and the media. He has learned well from Zuma on playing the victim card and we can expect a lot of that in the run-up to the May 2019 elections.”
With recent revelations of the EFF’s alleged involvement in the VBS scandal, Malema has been in the spotlight but mostly for all the wrong reasons.
“He wants to be Mr Clean going into the elections and we are spoiling his party. That's why I'm suddenly a "racist thing" and Gordhan the biggest thug ever – if you believed the EFF's fake "charge sheet" against the public enterprises minister. Malema the chameleon is reinventing himself again. He's desperate and scared. Buckle up.”
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