Malema refuses to debate with DA ‘tea girl’
PRETORIA — ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema yesterday refused to take part in a televised debate with DA MP and spokesperson Lindiwe Mazibuko as she was a “tea girl”.
“I was never asked to debate Lindiwe … She’s a nobody, she’s a tea girl of the madam. I’m not debating with the service of the madam,” he said, referring to DA leader Helen Zille.
After seeing Mazibuko at e.tv’s set at the IEC’s results centre in Pretoria, Malema told ANCYL spokesperson Floyd Shivambu that “he is not going to do this”.
“I’m not going to lose our profile,” he said.
Mazibuko, who said she had been on set for over an hour, was asked to leave and give way to Malema, because he felt the debate would “promote her profile”.
“He’s not even an elected public representative … I was there for an hour,” she told reporters.
“It’s ridiculous.” She said it was “shocking” that the media and South Africans tolerated politicians who didn’t have the courage to defend what they stood for.
“What is he offering us besides sensational headlines?”
Malema accused Mazibuko of not knowing politics, saying she joined the DA because she was “bored with her job”.
Asked if it was because he didn’t want to debate with a woman, Malema said: “Me and beautiful women, we don’t collide.”
DA leader Helen Zille accused Malema of running scared.
She said Malema knew he was going to lose against Lindiwe, “let alone to a woman” and that is why he refused to debate with her.
“Well he’s terrified isn’t he? Jacob Zuma has always refused to debate with me, he will never ever debate with me … and we’ve challenged him, radio stations have asked him, TV channels have requested him to be in a debate with me, but he refuses.” — Sapa.