Malema is right: he really does run the show

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Malema is right: he really does run the show

His critics often insult his intelligence, but he has again proved he is supremely gifted in the political dark arts

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There are interrogations. There are hostile press conferences. There are polite but awkward interviews. And then there was Thursday afternoon, two astonishing hours in which an exultant Julius Malema used journalists like soggy loofahs to scratch his every itch and emerge refreshed and reinvigorated.

You had to feel for the four journalists present, whose professionalism had compelled them to walk into what was so obviously a trap. The media demands transparency, and in offering it two hours of no-holds-barred questioning, Malema had batted the ball squarely into the media’s court. To stay away, either in protest against the continued EFF ban on journalists such as Pauli van Wyk, or because there was only ever going to be one outcome, would have given Malema endless ammunition.

To their credit, all four had heroic moments. Power FM’s Aldrin Sampear was the best prepared and maintained an air of focused unflappability. At one point SABC’s Samkelo Maseko seemed to manoeuvre Malema into almost conceding that he may have benefited from VBS money...

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