8 April 2010, 14:19
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By Carien Du Plessis
The ANC Youth League will still sing the liberation song Ayesab'amagwala (The cowards are afraid), but substitute the lyrics "dubul'ibhunu" (shoot the boer) with something else, ANCYL Julius Malema has said.
Malema was speaking at a press briefing on his weekend visit to Zimbabwe at the ANC's Luthuli House in Joburg on Thursday morning.
The press conference was marked by a few tense moments, including Malema calling a BBC journalist a "bastard" and chasing him out of the room.
The altercation started when Malema criticised the Movement for Democratic Change for speaking out against the visit from its office in Sandton, when Jonah Fisher from the BBC mentioned that the Youth League leader also lived in Sandton.
"This is the building of a revolutionary party," an angry Malema told Fisher, who was part of a packed press conference in the ANC headquarters.
"Here you behave or else you jump."
Malema threatened that security would come to remove him.
"This is not a newsroom, this is a revolutionary house. Don't come here with that white tendency. You can do it somewhere else, do it somewhere else. If you have a tendency of undermining blacks you can do it somewhere else.
"You are a small boy, you can't do anything. Go out, bastard, go out. You bloody agent," Malema shouted at the astonished Fisher, who then packed his equipment and left.
Malema later explained that journalists should "restrain" themselves when in Luthuli House, as it wasn't a "playground".
He also denied that he was threatening media freedom, but said media could not operate "without limitation".
Malema also spoke out about the murder of far-right Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging leader Eugene Terre'Blanche, saying he would not attend the funeral on Friday, but also saying he did not condone murder.
Malema repeated that the Youth League's singing of the song Ayesab'amagwala had nothing to do with the murder, which followed an alleged wage dispute.
He said the Youth League would still sing the song, but substitute the words "dubul'ibhunu" with something else.
He stressed that they were not doing it because a court of law ruled on it, but because the ANC on Wednesday had asked its structures to refrain from singing it.
"The ANC has ruled on the matter, and we accept the decision of the ANC, but we are not accepting the decision of the court," he said.
The ANC said on Thursday that it has approached the South Gauteng High Court with an application for leave to appeal against the judgement handed down last month, prohibiting the singing of "dubul'ibhunu".