- Barry Bateman, the journalist who called Julius Malema a 'p**s', won't be going hungry this month
- After being placed on a month-long suspension (minus pay), a crowdfunding drive had been put into action
- The initiative saw well-wishers donating the equivalent of his salary before it was called to an end
Barry Bateman won't feel the pinch this month despite being placed on a month-long suspension from his position as a journalist.
Briefly.co.za reported that Bateman had gone viral after a clip exposed him using the p-word following an interview with Julius Malema.
The EFF had demanded action to be taken against the EWN reporter following the incident, and the media house obliged by docking his salary and releasing his unreserved apology.
Upon learning that his 'friend' would be sitting without a salary this month, Jonathan Witt released the details of a crowdfunding campaign:
“My friend, and journalist, Barry Bateman has been suspended without pay following an incident last month for which he has apologised. If you’re able to help him make ends meet this month, please consider making a donation."
Witt soon announced that the target had been reached and that the campaign had been halted:
“A target has been reached which is in line with his monthly salary, and as a result no further funds are required. Thank you to everyone who so generously contributed."
In his apology, Bateman had explained his punishment following the incident:
“I have accepted the disciplinary charges immediately instituted against me by EWN, as well as the consequences that my actions have borne. This includes a one-month suspension without pay for the month of October and a final written warning for my conduct, valid for 12 months."
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