“Zuma will not turn SA into a failed state”- Malema
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has said the party would not accept President Jacob Zuma’s proposed method of paying back the money on security upgrades at his private Nkandla home.
Addressing journalists at the party’s Braamfontein head office in Johannesburg on Thursday, Malema said the party would only agree on the settlement if Zuma’s admits to three rules.
“We will not agree to any settlement which does not reaffirm the powers of Public Protector [Thuli Madonsela], we want the remedial actions of the Public Protector to bind, and President Zuma must agree in the settlement that [by] failing to implement the remedial action of the Public Protector, he was in breach of the Constitution and his oath of office,” Malema said.
“We will not agree that he had all the right to behave in the manner he did. We are not going to be party to any settlement which does not speak to those three points”.
He also stated that Zuma’s rejection of Madonsela’s Secure in Comfort report and brandishing her as “wanting to be God” was not only humiliating, but also unnecessary.
“This is not a case between Zuma and the EFF, but to reaffirm the Constitution of the Republic and Chapter Nine institutions. Since Zuma insulted the Public Protector, her office is no longer as it was before. He destroyed Parliament and the Executive, yet now he wants to pay”.
Referring to the party’s court case against Zuma set for next Tuesday, Malema said the proposed settlement was merely a way to bide time and that he must admit to have used the “public purse for himself”.
Taking a swipe at the controversial government connected Gupta family, Malema said the party would take practical action “as we are tired of taking about them”.
“They must leave South Africa,” he said, before denouncing the presence of the Gupta-owned New Age newspaper and ANN7 television stations at EFF events.
“We don’t want see ANN7 or the New Age anywhere. It is not tampering with media freedom, [but because] those institutions are a product of corrupt activities. That is not media but a tool of propaganda. We can no longer guarantee the safety of those working for the Guptas”.
Labelling the relationship between Zuma and the Guptas as Zuptas, Malema added that both “must fall” as recent statements that neither were advancing corruption were “cowardly”.
“The ANC is constituted by corrupt individuals. If the ANC is not promoting corruption, why are they so scared of the President? Zuma must leave the office President and before his State of the Nation speech on February 11th, he must explain why he got rid of [former] Minister of Finance [Nhlanhla Nene],” Malema said, adding that “we are prepared to die for the constitution because we love South Africa”.
“We will not let Zuma turn this country into another failed African state. Generations to come will blame us for this mess unless something is done, so there is no deal”.
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