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I am not afraid of holding Zuma accountable – Malema

Julius Malema and Jacob Zuma met for tea at Nkandla.

  • EFF chief Julius Malema mentioned he was by no means near former president Jacob Zuma.
  • Malema has been vocal in regards to the imprisonment of Zuma, saying he ought to have been positioned underneath home arrest relatively than sentenced to fifteen months in jail.
  • Malema additionally spoke in regards to the looting and riots, which he pinned on the ANC, labelling the ruling occasion as an ”illegitimate authorities”.

Financial Freedom Fighters (EFF) chief Julius Malema has mentioned he has by no means been afraid of holding former president Jacob Zuma accountable.

“I used to be by no means near president Zuma. The primary time I went to Nkandla was the time I went to have tea. I’ve by no means had his cellphone quantity and I don’t converse to him on the cellphone. If you happen to had been to check the connection I had with Zuma, I’m nearer with Cyril Ramaphosa than with Zuma,” Malema mentioned.

In an interview with Kaya FM on Tuesday, Malema, who has been vocal about Zuma’s imprisonment, mentioned the previous president ought to have been positioned underneath home arrest relatively than sentenced to fifteen months in jail.

“I held president Zuma accountable. You may have him in jail however not essentially in a cell. You may put him underneath home arrest. You may have him at residence. That may be a punishment by itself. To spend cash on an 80-year-old is a wasteful expenditure. You will not be helpful anyhow,” Malema mentioned.

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His interview got here after the Gauteng Excessive Courtroom in Pretoria dismissed, with prices, the EFF’s utility to have the financial institution statements of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s CR17 ANC election marketing campaign made public.

Malema mentioned he was shocked by the result.

“I feel our courts ought to defend public pursuits and we should always at all times battle for transparency. When there is not any crime being dedicated if you’re a sitting president and your identify is talked about, certainly individuals ought to know if their purses are secure. The president holds a really large affect and people who finance him, he develops a tender spot for them and with the intention to maintain him accountable you must know who’re the people who find themselves financing him. They could possibly be those operating the state,” Malema mentioned.

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Malema was a fierce supporter of Zuma whereas he was ANC Youth League (ANCYL) president. In 2008, he vowed he would “kill for Zuma” and mentioned the youth of South Africa would die supporting Zuma. However after Malema left the ANCYL and shaped the EFF his tune modified.

“I by no means had such a relationship with Zuma. I labored with him, and we shared levels collectively. We met each Monday again then. It is strictly enterprise,” he mentioned on Tuesday.

Unrest in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal

Malema additionally spoke in regards to the mass looting and riots which wreaked havoc in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal final week.

He blamed the unrest on the ANC, saying it was an “illegitimate authorities”.

“I do not know why individuals vote for the ANC after which they wish to complain to me. They’ve councillors they’ve elected. They’ve mayors they’ve elected. They’ve ministers they elected, and each time there’s hassle, they search for Malema and once I converse, I’m an irritation. The ANC couldn’t deal with civilian issues in a civil method. They name it an rebel as a result of they wish to justify the troopers on the bottom.”

Malema mentioned the riots and unrest weren’t the results of an rebel.

“It is a protest. Each revolution has parts of destruction to property. The troopers are on the bottom, and we’re advised it’s a coup or an rebel. None of that. That is an illegitimate authorities that purchased its presidency,” Malema mentioned.

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