EFF leader Julius Malema has banned investigative journalism units amaBhungane and Daily Maverick's Scorpio from attending party events. He made this announcement during the EFF memorial service for former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.

Speaking to party supporters, Malema said the three publications should be treated as the enemy.

A News24 report notes the ban comes after the units published an exposé on Malema, party deputy president Floyd Shivambu and Shivambu's brother Brian, as well as Malema's cousin, implicating them in the illicit flow of funds.

‘Our people will never be told by Daily Maverick and amaBhungane who their leaders are,’ Malema said.

He described the three publications as frauds, designed to pursue the interest of Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan.

‘We declare them as an enemy of the revolution, they should never participate in our events, we should never answer any question from amaBhungane, Daily Maverick from Scorpio. Let them write any nonsense they want to write about us. We know (the person) who writes their questions is Pravin.’

He said he did not fear any reaction from the media, adding they already made him out to be a pariah.

‘We shall treat them as enemies. Anyone who wants to go into solidarity with them in the media houses, you are more than welcome. Anyway, we are not getting any coverage. It's not coverage what you are giving to us. It's nonsense,’ he is quoted as saying.

He accused news channel eNCA of manipulating stories against him to portray him as a gangster. He further claimed the media had an agenda to distort pictures, to darken his likeness, in order to make him appear undesirable.

Full News24 report