BLADE Nzimande, general secretary of the South African Communist Party (SACP), on Thursday called the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) a "shame" for continuing to broadcast reports about Julius Malema, expelled leader of the African National Congress (ANC) Youth League.

The SABC has often been caught up in the ANC's politics, especially ahead of leadership elections.

Speaking at the SACP's national congress in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal, Mr Nzimande said he was "ashamed of the public broadcaster" for feeding the public a "breakfast, lunch and dinner" of news about "people who have been expelled" from the ANC.

"Auckland Park is a shame!" he said. "Sooner or later, we will have to tell them enough is enough, because we are the (SABC's) listeners."

Some leaders of the ruling alliance are unhappy with the media coverage Mr Malema has received after his expulsion from the ANC. He was expelled for, among other reasons, calling President Jacob Zuma a dictator and disrespecting other senior party leaders.

Since then, Mr Malema has been speaking at events and lectures not associated with the ANC. He was in Bloemfontein on Wednesday, where he criticised Mr Zuma's leadership.

Describing the likes of Mr Malema as enemies of the SACP, Mr Nzimande said that instead of working to "unite our people as a whole", the SABC "runs with renegades".

He said Mr Malema was fuelling tribalism. "Today he is shouting from outside, saying there is tribalism (in the ANC)."

mkokelis@bdfm.co.za

. This report was amended to make it clear that Mr Nzimande was referring to coverage of Mr Malema since his expulsion.