Zuma’s just the face of a system we reject – Malema

2014-12-14 06:00

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The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have nothing personal against President Jacob Zuma – he is just the face of the system they are rejecting, party leader Julius Malema says.

Malema, whose EFF begins its elective conference today in Bloemfontein, told City Press in an interview this week that taking on party leaders was nothing new.

He said the ANC attacked apartheid until 1994 “and the ANC attacked the president of the ruling apartheid government”.

“We knew [PW] Botha, and [Hendrik] Verwoerd and [FW] de Klerk without knowing their faces. The leaders of the ANC would just turn up and start talking about De Klerk and how useless he is. So the criticism on Jacob Zuma is not personal, but a criticism of a face of a system we are rejecting.

“[It’s] a system that continues to protect white supremacy and ownership of the means of production and property ownership by the white minorities ... A government that has become a security guard of white capital, and Zuma is the face of such a government, so it is more of a broader thing than a personal attack on President Jacob Zuma.

“Here is a cause, you ought to put a face to the cause.”

Malema said people need to know who constitutes “the enemy” and what their “shape” is, just as the ANC used to advise people during apartheid.

Malema said the EFF would not change its tactics, even if the next president were Cyril Ramaphosa, Malusi Gigaba or Zweli Mkhize.

“Those people become the faces of a system that we are rejecting, and therefore they shall be criticised.”

He said his critics within the EFF were “chance-takers and clowns who know nothing about national politics”.

Registration for the conference, or National People’s Assembly, started at the University of the Free State yesterday. The conference is set to run at the university until Tuesday.

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