Re-elected Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has agreed to meet with representatives of the South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) after the party’s Second National People’s Assembly.

This follows a public outcry after the party barred several media houses from covering its elective conference, which is under way in Nasrec, south of Johannesburg.

They include the Daily Maverick, AmaBhungane and Rapport. Following the EFF’s decision, television news channel eNCA suspended its coverage of the party’s assembly. The media house described the EFF’s move as an attack on media freedom, which needed to be condemned in the strongest possible terms.

Malema says he’s willing to engage SANEF like they have done in the past. He says he met SANEF to discuss ANN7 after the party called on South Africans to boycott the now defunct Gupta-owned 24-hour news channel and the family’s newspaper, The New Age.

The call had followed the company’s sale to former government spokesperson Mzwanele Manyi.

Watch as Malema addresses the media on SANEF: