A press conference got heated as Jessie Duarte verbally attacked political reporter, Samekele Maseko. Maseko had incited the ANC Deputy General Secretary's rage after asking about the party's election list, which has been at the centre of controversy in recent times.
ANC Deputy General Secretary Jessie Duarte is making headlines after verbally attacking eNCA reporter, Samekele Maseko, during a press conference.
Maseko had reportedly touched a raw nerve when he had asked Duarte about the questionable ANC candidates list, which features some even more questionable individuals.
Duarte had responded by directing any further 'attack' questions to the ANC spokesman, saying that:
"Now Mr Samkelo [sic] you have a habit of intimidating everybody. You have a habit of making people feel like you are the Lord of the media."
Maseko had even been accused of being a bully, with Duarte claiming he is the most 'arrogantly disposed' person she had even met.
The South African National Editors Forum has condemned the incident, expressing their concern over a rising trend of intimidation aimed at media representatives.
According to News24, Duarte claims that a clip of the incident posted by eNCA had been edited to be one-sided, adamant that she had apologised but that it had been left out. She insists that Maseko had made the interview personal.
Samekele Maseko took to social media to respond to the incident, commenting that:
"The attacks we suffer from some ANC Top 6 leaders just because of their perceived view of ones employer is sad. Really sad."
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