The BBC Journalist
You’d think – if the two brain cells he actually has held hands – that he’d realize it’s a bad idea to feed Journalists (particularly international-class ones) with scandal. But BBC Journalist Jonah Fisher was yelled at and thrown out of a press briefing in April. Here’s what happened:
Malema had just returned from a trip to Zimbabwe – we’ll discuss the implications of his 2010 travels in a minute – and started prattling on about Mugabe’s success and praising him. he referred to the opposition as “Mickey Mouse” and criticized Zimbabwe’s prime minister, Morgan Tsvangirai for using officed in Sandton (which is an upmarket suburb and business hub in Johannesburg). “They can insult us here from air conditioned offices of Sandton. We are unshaken. They must stop shouting at us. They must go and fight for their battle in Zimbabwe and win … why are they speaking in Sandton and not Mashonaland or Matabeleland?” as he ranted, Fisher interrupted with the very good point (ten points to you Fisher) that Malema happens to live in Sandton.
Malema: “Let me tell you, this is a building of a revolutionary party and you know nothing about the revolution.”
Fisher: “So they’re not welcome in Sandton but you are?”
Malema: “Here you behave or else you jump.”
Fisher and several others began to laugh.
Malema: “Don’t laugh!”
Malema: “If you’re not going to behave, you’re [sic] going to call security to take you out. This is not a newsroom, this is a revolutionary house and you don’t come here with that tendency. Don’t come here with that white tendency. Not here. You can do it somewhere else. Not here. If you’ve got a tendency of undermining blacks, even where you work, you are in the wrong place. Here you are in the wrong place.”
Fisher: “That’s rubbish. That’s absolute rubbish.”
Malema: “You can go out. Rubbish is what you have covered in that trouser. That is rubbish. You are a small boy, you can’t do anything.”
Fisher: “I didn’t come here to be insulted.” (I’m thinking if a Journalist is afriad of insults, they should find a new line of work. Just a thought).
Malema (insert angry face): “Go out. Go out. Bastard! Go out. You bloody agent!”
Malema later commented: “This is Luthuli House. This is the headquarters of a revolutionary party which has liberated the people of South Africa. It’s not a playground. Here you come, you restrain yourself, you behave in a manner that is befitting of being the headquarters of the African National Congress. It’s not a beer hall here. You don’t howl here. Especially when we speak, you behave like you are in an American press conference? It’s not America. It’s Africa. You must behave in an African way. You are in Rome, you do what the Romans do … if you feel offended by the removal of this gentleman, you are most welcome to walk.”
After this embarrassing incident, the DA referred to Malema as South Africa’s Mugabe. They’re definitely on the right track. Malema is steadily on the wrong one.