- Julius Malema claims that SANEF's case against the EFF is a prime example of how those 'with money' attempt to suppress political speech
- The EFF leader claims that the case was being used as a way to defend Minister Pravin Gordhan
- Malema also likened the legal abilities of SANEF's lawyer to those of Jacob Zuma at the State Capture Inquiry: "lost"
Julius Malema is showing no signs of backing down in the SA National Editors Forum legal battle.
The Economic Freedom Fighters leader views the case against him, which seeks to prevent the party from intimidating journalists, as a defence of Pravin Gordhan:
“The matter is not between us and SANEF , the matter is between us and Pravin, and they are using SANEF to come and defend Pravin."
Malema also had some choice words for advocate Daniel Berger, who represents SANEF in the matter.
Julius likened the lawyer to Jacob Zuma fumbling at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry, saying that when pressed, Berger had become 'lost'. Malema has offered to give the advocate an opportunity to 'redeem himself' in one of the party's future cases, reports The Citizen.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that SANEF wished to prevent the Red Berets from intimidating, harassing or assaulting media representatives.
The party argues that they are not guilty of hate speech, as alleged, but rather 'political speech':
“The problem we have today in South Africa is that those with money want to suppress political speech and we must guard against that, because in the absence of political there is no opposition party."
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