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effIndependent News reports that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has rejected Eyewitness News' apology over an insult made by journalist Barry Bateman allegedly aimed at Julius Malema.  

This came after Eyewitness News apologised to Malema after Bateman allegedly called him a "p**s" at an impromptu press briefing outside the Hawks offices.  Bateman was caught on camera using derogatory words while in conversation with another reporter.  The video was widely shared on social media.  "Bateman was taken off air immediately after we were made aware of the video.  EWN will hold an internal probe that will deal with the matter appropriately," EWN indicated in a statement.  The Red Berets rejected the "lukewarm and delayed" apology, calling on EWN to take "concomitant" action.  The political party added:  "It is obvious that Bateman could swear at the EFF President Julius Malema because South African journalism has allowed, condoned and promoted biased reporters."  Malema was summoned to the Hawks’ offices in Pretoria on Tuesday, where he was asked to sign a warning statement pertaining to the charge of discharging a firearm in a public place as well as allegedly assaulting a police officer at the funeral of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

  • Read the full original of the above report by Mayibongwe Maqhina and Baldwin Ndaba at Independent News

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