It was bizarre that an innocuous discussion with Mpofu was weaponised, so I tried to establish from Malema the exact nature of his grievance. For weeks, I had been accused of being part of a mob protecting Indian racists, so I was also mystified as to how this had suddenly become about Ramaphosa. On Friday, Malema called me to discuss the matter. It appears he had no objection to any of my articles, but was angry about journalists' tweets. He said we mock and "subtweet" the EFF leadership.

Malema also said that while we were not critical of Ramaphosa, we had taken the EFF to task for, among other things, its position on the commission of inquiry into SARS.

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