Van Wyk snubs Malema's invite, refuses to be part of 'PR exercise'

Van Wyk snubs Malema's invite, refuses to be part of 'PR exercise'

- EFF leader Julius Malema assembled five journalists on Thursday for his 'presser'

- Malema also invited investigative journalist Pauli Van Wyk, who has been hot on his trail since the VBS story broke

- The Daily Maverick journalist snubbed Malema's invite and said she would not attend

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EFF leader Julius Malema held a press conference on Thursday to respond to questions about the VBS Mutual Bank scandal, his family business and his time in the ANC.

Investigate journalist Pauli Van Wyk's name came up several times during the presser. At the beginning of the presser, Malema explained why Van Wyk was missing.

Van Wyk has been the lead journalist in the VBS loot since the story broke in 2018 and she and Malema have been at loggerheads ever since.

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Malema assembled five journalists from the different media houses in South Africa and he explained that he also extended an invitation to Pauli Van Wyk. He added that she made several excuses, claiming that she was in Cape Town and cannot travel due to the restrictions.

Malema said Van Wyk was running away because journalists have permits to work during the lockdown and are allowed to travel. Van Wyk, has however cited different reasons for not making it to the presser.

Last year, Malema banned AmaBhungane and Daily Maverick's Scorpio from EFF events. He said

"We shall treat them as enemies"

Pauli Van Wyk works for the Daily Maverick and she said she declined Malema's invitation to the presser because the houses she works for are still banned, reported Cape Talk.

She said:

"You must remember, the Daily Maverick, which I write for, and amaBhungane our other investigative team has been banned by the EFF and Mr Malema specifically because we wrote about VBS."

Van Wyk added that since the EFF leader banned these media houses in public, then he must also unban them in public instead of just inviting her. Van Wyk said:

"He publicly banned us, and he must publicly unban us - because we cannot have a fascist or a party that has this movement against the media - and when it pleases them they ban us, but when they want to have a PR movement and when they are panicking about arrests coming, they suddenly want us at their beck and call."

Malema said it was his son that advised him to invite Van Wyk or it would look like he had something to hide, said the Citizen.

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