Zuma govt wants me dead – Malema

2012-09-18 12:37

Expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema says President Jacob Zuma’s government wants him dead and he’s not taking the threats lightly.

“I have it on good authority that they’re planning to remove us,” Malema said.

He said he had instructed his legal team to look into the threats, which Malema claimed come from security agencies and some government departments.

However, he said he would not be reporting the threats on his life to police.

Malema said doing that would be “inviting your killers into your home”.

He said Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula’s charge that he was a counter-revolutionary for addressing suspended SA National Defence Force soldiers last week was akin to her signing his death warrant.

Malema said he did not fear death.

“Not even death can stop me, my ideas are out there,” he said.

At a press conference in Sandton today, Malema said he once confronted Zuma after he (Zuma) had told the ANC that the party’s disciplinary committee was taking too long to finalise its processes.

“I’ll deal with him,” Zuma said, according to Malema.

Malema said he then asked Zuma what he meant. “Are you going to kill me?”

He also indicated that he intended to re-apply for his ruling party membership and may even take it to court if it refuses to accept his application.

Malema said he was confident his ANC branch in Seshego would not decline his application.

The ANC constitution states that new members must apply in branches nearest to them.

“My branch has been inviting me to meetings of members and supporters,” he said.

Malema said he would be voting for the ANC candidate at a municipal by-election tomorrow and has also been campaigning in the area.

Malema also announced that he intended to sue police for stopping him from addressing striking Lonmin mineworkers in Marikana yesterday.

“Earlier we met a group of capable lawyers on our next action,” he said.

The former ANC Youth League leader said he had never been involved in corrupt activities.

“I’ve never been involved in tenders,” he said.

Malema has been a subject of probes by the Hawks and Public Protector Thuli Madonsela over tenders and his Ratanang Trust.

However, he said Madonsela had never given him an opportunity to answer questions.

“I can’t respond to beer hall talk,” he said.

Malema said he can account for every cent deposited into his trust’s bank accounts.

“The Hawks have been arresting me every weekend for the past three years,” he said.

Malema was accompanied by suspended ANC Youth League spokesperson Floyd Shivambu and secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa, who described the police decision as one taken by a “tribal authority”, the security cluster of mostly ministers from KwaZulu-Natal, Zuma’s home province.

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