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EFF claims SAPS’ stopping of Malema a sign of government intimidation

By Charl Bosch - Apr 4, 2016
EFF claims SAPS’ stopping of Malema a sign of government intimidation

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has accused the South African Police Service (SAPS) of intimidation after its leader, Julius Malema, was pulled over by armed officers in Sandton on Sunday evening.

Speaking in a statement, EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said Malema was heading back from the party’s manifesto launch in Soweto, when an unmarked white van stopped him near the Grayston Drive off-ramp, at which point an estimated ten police cars showed up.

“The police then all came out pointing guns at his car and forced him out. The entire intersection at the Grayston Drive off-ramp was blocked, isolating him from the rest of the traffic,” Ndlozi said.

“The [Commander-in-Chief] Julius Malema got out and the police all did nothing, claiming it was a mistake. He forced his way around the police cars, driving over the pavements and drove off”.

Ndlozi said the party remains convinced that the van had followed Malema to and from Soweto, claiming it to be the a clear indication that government is out to get him after his remarks that the party would force President Jacob Zuma to resign in the wake of Constitutional Court’s ruling last week.

“We want to send a strong message to them that we are unshaken and declare that their days in government are numbered,” he said.

“If the people of South Africa can take the murderous apartheid regime down, this zombified, kleptocratic government is nothing. We wish to also reiterate that we shall stop at nothing to defend our constitution”.

On Friday, the court ruled that Zuma acted against the Constitution when he failed to implement the remedial actions of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s Nkandla report, which called for him to pay back a portion of the R246-million spent on non-security upgrades at his private residence.

In a surprise televised interview on Friday evening, Zuma said he always intended to pay back the money as per Madonsela’s recommendations, and that never “knowingly or deliberately set out to violate the Constitution”.

“The matter has caused a lot of frustration and confusion, for which I apologise, on my behalf and on behalf of government,” Zuma said.

“I wish to reiterate that any action that has been found not to be in keeping with the Constitution happened because of a different approach and different legal advice. I respect the judgement and will abide by it”.

A motion of impeachment against Zuma is set to be debated in Parliament on Tuesday.