I was threatened with rape and violence following Malema tweet – Karima Brown
The journalist says the EFF leader is a ‘facist and a bully’ and that the IEC should act against him and his party.
Journalist Karima Brown has spoken out on the abuse she has experienced since EFF leader Julius Malema shared her cellphone number in a tweet on Tuesday night.
Brown said she had been “threatened with rape, with sexual assault, with violence”.
“I was called a ‘whore’ and told people will deal with me. That I must leave the country and ‘f**k off back to India’,” she continued.
Brown said many of those who had threatened her were “clearly EFF members”, adding that she did, however, suspect some of the threats were sent by bots (fake accounts) or by those tweeting under a false identity or from multiple accounts (sometimes known as “sockpuppets”).
The journalist, who currently hosts both eNCA’s The Fix and 702 and Cape Talk’s The Karima Brown show as well as being a producer at eNCA, shared some of the worst threats she’d received.
They included one saying she must “step aside or we will crush your prolapsed vagina,” one calling her “sfebe” [Zulu for bitch], one which appeared to be from an EFF supporter telling fellow EFF supporters to “go attack” her, one calling her a “coloured bitch” and a particularly long, gruesome message that included the author threatening to “peel that skin off ur pink bodies” [sic].
Asked how much responsibility Malema must take for the treatment she has received, Brown said the EFF leader was “directly accountable”.
Brown noted that this was not the first time Malema and EFF supporters had threatened journalists, adding that those threatened – such as Pauli van Wyk and Thandeka Gqubule – are often women.