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EFF adamant Gupta-affiliated journos not welcome

The party says it believes the family's media enterprises are protecting their interests.

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema briefed the media in Johannesburg on 04 February 2016 on President Jacob Zuma's claims that he will pay back some of the money spent on upgrades to his Nkandla homestead. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters' (EFF) says it will not allow journalists who work for Gupta-owned companies to attend their events because they believe the family's media enterprises are protecting their interests.

The EFF says while it will not prevent ANN7 and The New Age newspaper journalists from reporting on the party, they will be barred from attending the events.

The party's stance on the Gupta-owned media houses has been slammed by the South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) and The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu).

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says, "We don't think that they are the press. We don't think that they qualify to be called the press. It's actually a money-making scheme. They will be barred. Just like when you come to my house, the rights of admission are reserved."

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Meanwhile, Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) President S'dumo Dlamini says the EFF is treading on dangerous ground.

"It can't be done because the EFF claims to be presenting the interest of the workers. I hope they don't make that mistake and take a decision to target employees."