EFF Julius Malema has drwan the battle line with the media and has given a threatening statement.

Malema and the EFF have been at loggerheads with the media after the politician launched an attack on the media and individual journalists last week.

Speaking outside the venue where the commission of inquiry into state capture is being held, Malema dubbed certain journalists “the defence force of President Cyril Ramaphosa and Pravin Gordhan”.

He called journalists “crooks” who refused to interrogate Gordhan and investigate its claims against the Public Enterprises minister’s daughter.

While Malema said the EFF should “decisively” deal with the journalists he named, he urged the party’s supporters not to use violence.