Julius Malema claims Zuma got preferential treatment from taxman

2014-03-02 18:32

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Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema has accused President Jacob Zuma of orchestrating his troubles with the taxman while the ANC leader himself was never punished for his own tax woes.

Malema claimed Zuma had drawn a salary from a private company for four months after becoming president and failed to declare this to the South African Revenue Service (Sars).

He was addressing thousands of supporters at the EFF's provincial manifesto launch in Malema’s township at Seshego Stadium, Limpopo.

Malema told his supporters that Zuma had failed to declare his second salary, which he was drawing from a company owned by Durban tycoon Roy Moodley.

“No president must be in the employ of any company but Zuma was in Moodley’s employ for four months. This was discovered by Sars but he was only told to repay Moodley,” he said.

“When you fail to declare with Sars you pay 50% penalty and 200% in interest. That’s what they did to me but they did not penalise Zuma like me. We are not treated equally in SA. When you are in power, you get treated differently.”

Malema said his woes were a result of the manipulation of state resources. “They manipulate state institution against those disagreeing with them. They use their state power to destroy their political opponents and settle political differences. The state is abused by current government to feed their cliques and cabals in their political organisation,” he said.

“Former Sars commissioner Oupa Magashule was summoned to Nkandla during Zuma’s last wedding. Zuma said to him; ‘I want to be elected as ANC leader again but the only obstacle is Julius Malema, you must find a way to deal with him’,” he said.

“Magashule went back and said to his people they must get onto Malema. I was then placed under Project Siza and followed everywhere. Sars was to take all my property and frustrate me. Today they want to sequestrate me because Zuma gave the instruction.

“They’re doing all these things to prevent us from going to Parliament but they don’t know that Sars is not the one that takes people to Parliament, but you, the people."

“Let me tell you some secret,” he said to the large EFF crowd earlier today. “Zuma doesn’t accept money by electronic transfer or cheque. He prefers a cash package,” he claimed.

“Zuma has 700 charges but was yet to be hauled before court but some of us are taken to court for breaking even a glass.”

Malema went on to say he was innocent and that the state’s corruption case against him was weak. “They said I stole your money. They hate me so much and if they had a case against me I’d be behind bars by now,” he said.

“They don’t have a case. They keep on postponing trial. I said to them: 'Bring it on. I am ready for you', and they said: 'No, we’ll see you in September'. I never stole from you; I will never steal from you. I will never steal from the poor.”

He said his party would "stop corruption. People are stealing and shield themselves with us."

“They said I stole from Limpopo government. How did that happen when I never worked for government and don’t even know where government coffers are? Real thieves are untouchable in government but now their time is over. We will come after them and send them to prison for 20 years.”

Malema said under an EFF government, no children would go to bed hungry. He said education would be prioritised and promised good salaries for teachers.

“We want to restore teachers’ dignity through decent salaries and motivate them to give our children real education. Children don’t want to be teachers because they say teachers don’t have money, they live on loans,” he said.

Malema also promised a 50% salary hike for government employees so that “they cannot be tempted to be corrupt”.

Pensioners and other beneficiaries of social grants were also promised improved pay-outs. Malema said his government would give old-age grants of R2 400 and double child grants to R620.

He urged EFF supporters to trust their leaders. “You can trust us; we are responsible people. We’ll never disappoint you,” he said.

“We will die next to you; we will be buried amongst you. We see ourselves in you and you have to see yourselves in all of us.”

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