The eNCA news organization says it will boycott the EFF’s election conference after the party barred several news organizations from attending the event.
The EFF’s leadership conference barely started on Saturday when eNCA announced on Twitter that it had made a principled decision not to report further on the conference.
EFF leader Julius Malema said there was not enough room to accommodate all news organizations that applied.
Some of the news organizations that have been banned have reported extensively recently about the EFF’s alleged links to the recent VBS scandal.
The South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef), meanwhile, said in a statement that the EFF was detrimental to press freedom by preventing certain organizations.
The EFF says the eNCA news service “can fly to the devil” and is no longer welcome at any of the party’s future events.
EFF leader Julius Malema said at a media conference that he wanted to make it clear that he welcomed the withdrawal of eNCA “at all of their meetings”.
Malema specifically referred to amaBhungane and Daily Maverick at a media conference on Saturday, saying they were not banned – the EFF simply chose not to be associated with them.
According to Malema, this website and unit of investigative journalism drives the agenda of the ruling elite, while being biased in their reporting on the EFF.
“It’s a war. Then they want to come to the conference and eat our food. They can fly to the devil and any people who support them can too. ”
He said the EFF also prevented Gupta-controlled news channel ANN7 from meeting at that time.
Malema also elaborated on the statement he made in his political report that Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa was “hijacked” by white capitalists.