EFF’s Napoleon heckles Zuma about Marikana, Nkandla

2015-06-23 15:51
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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma was heckled by a lone EFF member who questioned why police killed Marikana mineworkers just after Zuma appealed to students not to use violence during student protests.

Zuma was addressing students and Soshanguve community members at the Tshwane University of Technology, north of Pretoria on Tuesday, when Napoleon, a known EFF member and rabble-rouser, shouted: “But police killed people in Marikana”.

Zuma was commenting on violent student protests last year at the Soshanguve campus which left 18 cars torched and millions of rands in damages.

As Napoleon shouted at Zuma, the President turned his attention to the bearded Napoleon and responded: “But those people killed people, that’s what you must understand”.

Less than an hour earlier as the campus hall where Zuma was to speak was filing up, ANC and EFF supporters clashed leaving outnumbered EFF members bruised and their clothes torn.

As Zuma was conducting his Siyahlola Presidential Monitoring Programme at another campus, police had a difficult time separating students from the SA Students Congress, which is affiliated to the ANC Youth League, and EFF supporters.

Police confiscated weapons from both groups, mostly sticks and stones, and asked the EFF group to protest outside the security fence away from the venue.

Both groups had been singing derogatory songs about leaders of the ANC and EFF, Zuma and Julius Malema.

Calm returned after the police kept a close eye on the two groups, creating a human barricade between them.

However, the EFF supporters, who had earlier threatened to disrupt Zuma’s speech by asking when he would pay back the Nkandla millions, were silenced with only a few supporters allowed to enter the venue during Zuma’s speech.

Napoleon, who was also part of the EFF group that heckled Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa last year when he testified at the Marikana Commission in Centurion about his role in the Marikana shootings which left 35 mineworkers dead, was removed from the venue a few minutes after Zuma concluded his speech.

As security officers pushed him out the door, he could be heard shouting: “Pay back the money”, in relation to the Nkandla debacle where R246m was spent on Zuma’s private residence.

Zuma is expected to release Judge Ian Farlam’s report on Marikana by next week.

Zuma addressed over 3 000 people who crammed into the campus hall to listen to his speech.

During his speech, Zuma appealed to the youth to take control of their lives and refrain from using alcohol and drugs.

Zuma said, if he could, he would force unemployed youths to study at colleges far away in an “island” and not release them until they passed and skilled enough to enter the workplace.

This is not the first time Zuma has said that unemployed and pregnant teenagers need be kept at colleges far away from the cities.

During the 2009 election campaign Zuma repeatedly called for troublesome teenagers, including pregnant teenagers and the “boys” who impregnated them, to be forced into colleges to acquire skills.

“I have strong views about education. If I had my way I would create colleges in islands so that those who don’t want to go to school will be taken there... and not come out until they qualify,” said Zuma, whose comments were met with laughter and applause.

“I’m sure in a decade or two our country would be different,” said Zuma as deputy ministers Mduduzi Manana, Inkosi Pathekile Holomisa, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, Pam Tshwete and Andries Nel, who accompanied Zuma on the Siyahlola visit, looked on.

He promised to help many TUT students who are without accommodation and said the government and the TUT management were working together to renovate dilapidated student accommodation on the campus.

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