Malema re­fuses to de­bate with DA ‘tea girl’

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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.

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