SA ruling party Youth League apologises over race row

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) which has been caught up in yet another race row, Thursday apologised after its spokesperson, Floyd Shivambu, swore at a white journalist.

The party said the incident was "unfortunate and will never happen again".

The incident happened after Media 24 journalist Jacques Dommisse called Shivambu to speak to ANCYL President Julius Malema about an expensive three-day safari he took before the league's elective conference last month.

Malema, who champions himself as a leader of the poor and marginalised youth in South Africa, is known for his flashy and lavish lifestyle.

Shivambu was recorded swearing at Dommisse.

However, the youth wing of the ruling party said the incident does not represent the attitude of the ANCYL to the media in general.

The party also hit back at the "right-wing, Afrikaans media", and the journalist involved, saying he "chose to engage in disgustingly provocative methods and means of engagement with the ANCYL, aimed at diverting attention from the core issues resolved and re-affirmed by the 24th National Congress."

The statement from the party added that the media chose to "instead focus on individuals and pry on private non-related issues about leaders of the ANC Youth League."

It said the ANCYL would ''continue to have professional relationship with the media, and once again makes a humble plea that media should not confuse disrespectful and disgusting methods of engagement with honest media enquiries."

Shivambu was previously accused of calling Independent Newspapers political reporter, Carien du Plessis, a "White bitch" in a cellphone text message.

The reporter has filed a complaint with the Equality Court over the incident.
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