Maimane should stick to priesthood - Malema


Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema, has said that the departure of Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille leaves his party as the sole opposition to the ruling African National Congress (ANC).

In an interview with radio station Gigasi FM, Malema said that DA Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane, tipped to take over from Zille at the party’s elective conference in Port Elizabeth next month, is better suited to being a priest than a politician.

“We are over the moon as the EFF because we will not have a serious competition from Helen to Mmusi. It’s now us and the ANC,” News24 quoted Malema as saying.

He also took a swipe at the South African Revenue Service’s (SARS) claims that he owed them money, saying he had already paid any outstanding taxes, and that President Jacob Zuma should pay back taxpayers money for the security upgrades at Nkandla.

“All what I owed them, I paid them. I paid R4-million and then with the assets they have taken from me, they should have collected R7.5-million.

“The reality is that I paid them and I didn’t take taxpayers money. I’m paying tax. You pay your tax. I pay my tax. The man [Zuma] went to take from the tax coffers. I didn’t take from the tax coffers,” he said, before describing SARS as having lost all its credibility and getting involved “in illegal activity” such as “tapping phones of people, leaking tax affairs to the media and spying on other politicians on behalf of other politicians”.