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Malema: Zuma must rot in jail

2014-03-29 22:00
Mahikeng - President Jacob Zuma is enjoying a luxurious life while poor people are living in poverty, the Economic Freedom Fighters said on Saturday.

"Zuma must be arrested for stealing from the poor. Zuma must rot in jail... Zuma does not belong among us," party leader Julius Malema said.

He was speaking at the North West provincial manifesto rally in Montshioa near Mahikeng.

He told his supporters that Zuma stole R1m to build a chicken run at his homestead in Nkandla and further used over R2m to build a swimming pool.

"Zuma will be arrested soon... I am going to meet the police on Monday to give them evidence that Zuma stole from the poor. We have opened a criminal case against him in Pretoria."

He said corrupt people would not be allowed in the EFF.

"You are not going to wear a red beret if you are corrupt. You do not belong to the EFF if you are corrupt," Malema said to the applause of the crowd.

He denied that he was equally corrupt as Zuma.

"I was arrested for speaking the truth. I was charged for stealing from the State... I was never employed by government."

He told the crowd that during his week long interaction with people in Mahikeng, they expressed a desire to bring back the Bophuthatswana administration of Lucas Mangope.

"People are saying they did not like Mangope for suppressing politics but at least he was able to provide basic service and employment."

Dumping centre

Malema said infrastructure in the North West had collapsed since 1994.

"They [ANC government] inherited solid infrastructure from Mangope. Mahikeng was once a city.

"Today it is a dumping centre. Streets are riddled with potholes as big as a swimming pool in Nkandla."

He said the ANC government was worse than the apartheid regime.

"They built you RDP houses that collapse after the handing over ceremony. The house literally follows them after the hand over," he said to the laughter of the crowd.

"They gave you taps not water. They installed electric cable in your houses and not electricity. This is not a good story. It is a suffering story."

Malema defended the house the EFF built for a woman in Nkandla near Zuma's home.

"That house was build out of good will of the people... do not compare us to the government.

"The fact is that the dignity of that woman has been restored by the EFF."

Work was being done to fix defects on the house, which was reported to be falling apart.

Provincial chairperson Alfred Motsi said the party was ready to take over North West with 65% of the vote.

"It is your responsibility to ensure that. How long are we going to postpone the suffering of our people. You cannot postponed hunger," Motsi said.

Hundreds of party members braved the scorching sun to hear Malema speak.

They gave him a hero's welcome when he arrived. They rose, whistled and ululated.

The crowds were bused in from various parts of the province.

The EFF promised an accountable people driven government accessible for everyone.

The party also promised a State regulated minimum wage of R4 500 for all workers, with mineworkers being promised a minimum salary of R12 500.

Members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union in the platinum mines in Rustenburg and Northam downed tools on 23 January pushing for a R12 500 salary.

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