Jacob Zuma must face disciplinary committee – Julius Malema

2014-09-30 18:00

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Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema says Jacob Zuma should be the one hauled before a disciplinary committee, not his party for demanding that the president pay back the money for upgrades to his Nkandla home.

Malema criticised the ANC when he addressed his supporters in Polokwane following his postponed corruption trial today. He accused the ANC of doing “everything in its power to silence the EFF”.

Defending his party’s recent chants for Zuma to pay back the money, Malema said the EFF was in Parliament to do exactly what it was voted for and “ask Zuma to pay back the money”.

“Now they are taking the EFF to a DC [disciplinary hearing] for asking Zuma to pay back state money. Those are the contradictions of society because the man who must go to a DC is Jacob Zuma, whom the Public Protector said benefited unduly from state coffers and therefore must pay that money back,” he said.

“If there’s anyone who deserves a DC in that Parliament it is Zuma for having brought Parliament into disrepute through his actions and by failing to uphold the ethics of the executive members – the ethics code that gives guidance on how members of the executive must conduct themselves.”

He said the EFF would continue to “challenge the ANC and show society that the ANC has become irrelevant and not a leader”.

“A leader of society leads through ideas and a programme of action. What are the ideas of the ANC today? They have no ideas; they don’t lead any discussions in our society,” Malema said.

“What are the things we discuss when we speak about the ANC? We speak about corruption of Jacob Zuma and Nkandla. That is what they are known for.”

Malema said the first thing that came to mind when the ANC was mentioned was “Nkandla, permanent stealing of money and institutionalised corruption, which has been made normal ... and not punishable for as long as you are a member of the ANC”.

Malema said the ANC was “at its weakest point in history both in terms of political leadership and ideas”.

“The EFF comes in as that alternative to fill in the vacuum. There is crisis of political leadership in the country and we must provide that leadership,” he said.

“That’s why everything that comes out of the EFF becomes a topic everywhere ... The young kids when they see a red beret, they don’t see Malema corruption. They say ‘pay back the money’ because that is the idea of the EFF.”

He said those in power were “threatened by this new alternative” and were doing “everything in their power to silence the EFF”.

“We’re grateful that we continue to expose the ANC for what it is: a party that cannot tolerate opposition, a party that cannot tolerate a different view,” Malema said.

“Once you disagree with them politically they say you are enemy and therefore they use state power to try and silence you. They tried with some of us. They couldn’t succeed and they’re not going to succeed.”

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