EWN's Barry Bateman taken off air over Malema comment

By Chanice Jennike - 11 September 2019Views : 1950

Journalist Barry Bateman had reportedly been taken off air after he was caught on camera using foul language aimed at EFF leader, Julius Malema. 

Bateman was caught on camera using derogatory words while in conversation with another journalist following a media briefing by Malema outside Hawks’ offices on Tuesday.

Eyewitness News then issued an apology to Malema after Bateman called him a "p**s" during the impromptu press briefing. 

"Eyewitness News unreservedly apologises to the Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema for the foul language used by its reporter, Barry Bateman," the statement read. 

The video set social media alight and was trending on Twitter on Tuesday. 

The broadcaster confirmed that Bateman was taken off air immediately and said that it would "hold an internal probe that would deal with the matter appropriately". 

The EFF rejected the apology, calling it "lukewarm and delayed". The political called for Bateman to be suspended.

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"One must simply imagine what would have happened had the EFF responded to Bateman on the scene to his naked provocation. It is obvious that many would blame EFF for being intolerant of the media and suppressing media freedom," a statement by the EFF read.