Talking point: Barry Bateman, pussyfooting and that word

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Talking point: Barry Bateman, pussyfooting and that word

The pressure is on EWN to set a precedent on the matter, according to an expert

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EWN journalist Barry Bateman would have to be charged according to the broadcaster’s disciplinary code if it took action against him after being caught on camera calling EFF leader Julius Malema a p**s, a labour lawyer said on Wednesday.

Verlie Oosthuizen, a partner in the employment law department at Shepstone & Wylie, said employers should take caution not to overreact when faced with a public outcry.

On Wednesday morning, Bateman was taken off the air and EWN apologised to Malema after his faux pas at an impromptu press briefing outside the Hawks’ offices in Silverton, Pretoria, the day before...

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