EFF will be victorious in ConCourt – Malema

2016-03-30 22:52
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'The ANC will have to come to its proper senses' - Malema on pending ConCourt Nkandla ruling

2016-03-30 21:21

Speaking after graduating with a BA from Unisa, EFF leader Julius Malema spoke about Thursday's anticipated Constitutional Court ruling on Nkandla.WATCH

Pretoria – The EFF will be victorious in the Constitutional Court when judgment is handed down on Thursday, the party's leader, Julius Malema, said, speaking to the media after receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree from Unisa.

“We are just spoilt with blessings. On Sunday we were at ZCC [Moria], today [Wednesday] we are at Unisa and tomorrow [Thursday] we are at the Constitutional Court to receive victory,” he told reporters outside the Unisa graduation hall on Wednesday.

“We receive victory because we don’t use gut feelings, we use thorough research and reading.”

The Constitutional Court will hand down judgment in Nkandla matter on Thursday. A letter from the senior registrar's clerk of the Constitutional Court has informed parties judgment will be handed down at 10:00 on March 31.

The matter relates to non-security upgrades – paid for the taxpayer – made to President Jacob Zuma's private home in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal. The EFF and DA took Zuma and Speaker Baleka Mbete to court after they failed to adhere to the remedial actions resulting from Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s investigation.

Confident of victory

They applied for an order clarifying the powers of the public protector, and that Zuma be ordered to pay back some of the money that was spent on non-security items such as the swimming pool, initially called a 'fire pool, a chicken run and a cattle kraal.

Malema said the EFF were confident of victory as they had presented tangible evidence to the court. “We make cogent arguments and we always present superior logic on any matter and that’s why it’s very rare we falter on the way. It’s a good week,” he said.

Malema added that he hoped after the Constitutional Court ruling the ANC the ANC would come to its sense and realise it had erred on the Nkandla matter. He also challenged the ANC's newly appointed chief whip in Parliament, Jackson Mthembu, to be a man of his word on the issue.

“After the ruling the ANC will have to come to its proper senses because you can’t say a president has broken an oath of office which means the protection of the constitution then say this person must continue to be the president of the country.

"Even when the Constitutional Court says he has no capacity to protect the constitution. Let’s hope Jackson Mthembu is not just talk. He says they handled Nkandla wrongly. History is a nice thing; it is now presenting an opportunity for the ANC to correct itself,” he said.

Insource contract workers

Malema added that the week would have been even sweeter for them had Unisa agreed to insource contract workers. The workers have been protesting since the start of the year calling on the institution to permanently employ them.

Malema said they would engage management to address the issue.

“It’s just unfortunate that the university doesn’t want to resolve the issue of insourcing the workers. It would have been nicer to come here and celebrate with these workers as permanent workers with benefits because many of them have been working here without medical aids or pension funds," he said.

"They have been working for companies that can expel them as and when they wish to. We hope this gives us an opportunity to engage the university with the intention of insourcing the workers, otherwise it’s been a good week."

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