Malema takes aim at Zuma and 'Zuptas'

2016-02-04 11:39

Get all the highlights from EFF leader Julius Malema's briefing in which he addressed President Jacob Zuma's decision to pay money over the Nkandla upgrades as well as the alleged corruption of the Gupta family.


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04 Feb 13:36

IN SUMMARY: Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema is not prepared to accept President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla settlement proposal unless he agrees to the party's terms.

"We not going to agree to any settlement until he reaffirms the powers of public protector, and two [reaffirms that] the remedial actions of public protector are binding and three, that President Zuma agrees in the settlement that [by] failing to implement the remedial action he was in breach of the Constitution and his oath of office," Malema told reporters in Johannesburg on Thursday.

"We will not agree that he had all the right to behave in the manner he did. We are not going to be party to any settlement which does not speak to those three points."

Malema also assured that his party is not "led" by the DA or its leader Mmusi Maimane and that the EFF in fact leads them. 

Malema also focused much of his outrage at the Gupta family and their businesses, including TV channel ANN7 and newspaper The New Age. 

04 Feb 13:23

I am not surprised by Zuma's offer, says Malema, I said to the country that Zuma will pay, we knew that going to ConCourt that Zuma will have to pay, it looks like Christmas came early. It doesn't matter if the ConCourt says you must go away, we have a paper that says Zuma will pay, JM claims.

Ultimately, Zuma must be removed from office. He is a miscarriage of justice, Malema says.

And with that, he ends the briefing. In fiery mood as always.

04 Feb 13:13
I am not going to be bullied by Sars and NPA because I know my rights and through fighting them I am inspiring a lot of you because everything that needs or be done must be done by law.

04 Feb 13:09
There is no Sars that has taken me to court, I have taken Sars to court, JM says of his trouble with the tax collectors. He says the body is run by tribalists.

04 Feb 13:06
The day Zuma respects the office of the President, that is the day we’ll respect him. Otherwise SONA we’ll share with him. - JM

04 Feb 13:04
Malema claims the SIU report is manipulated. "I came across a genuine report which exposed all those shenanigans," he says.

04 Feb 13:02

Nothing scares me, nothing! Not even BBC - JM

Is that a reference to the time he threw a BBC reporter out of a briefing when he was still ANCYL leader?

04 Feb 13:00
Where have you ever seen a state president sitting in a dinner from opening act to closing act. He just sits there like a puppet. - JM

04 Feb 12:53
We are going to lead this country, watch this space, JM says (or warns other political parties).

04 Feb 12:52

We will never be led by Maimane, we lead Maimane, JM says of the the DA leader.

JM scoffs, says I'm not going to be led by someone who goes from church to politics.

Reporters in the room are unable to contain their laughter.

04 Feb 12:47
I was in the forefront of removing Thabo Mbeki and I look at Zuma and I ask what is it that Thabo did that was so extreme because Zuma is doing worse. - JM

04 Feb 12:43
Where is the man (meaning Zuma) going to get the money from, JM asks pointedly.

04 Feb 12:42
I don't how they came in, whether through Waterkloof or a farm somewhere they must go - JM

04 Feb 12:41

We are not going to allow South Africa to be sold over a plate of curry - JM

Which does sound a lot like ethnic stereotyping...

04 Feb 12:40
Oh my...

04 Feb 12:39
We can tell who comes to us, JM says of ANN7 and The New Age reporters.

04 Feb 12:37
Once Zuma has paid, we'll call you again like this, JM tells the media, and we'll have another briefing like this. But this is not the end, it's just the beginning, the EFF leader warns.

04 Feb 12:36
The EFF leaders address the media. Photo by News24's Lizeka Tandwa.

04 Feb 12:33
Malema's finished his statement. Now reporters are giving questions.

04 Feb 12:31

Let South Africans come together on February 9 and say "not in our name". Let us not become another failed state, says JM.

So there is no deal. There will never be a deal unless Zuma meets all our requirements, he says.

04 Feb 12:30
White supremacy is happy that this country is falling apart in the hands of black people - JM

04 Feb 12:30
Indeed it appears so, ANN7 is no longer showing the EFF's briefing.

04 Feb 12:29

04 Feb 12:28

Zuptas (a collaboration of Zuma and Gupta) must fall, says Malema.

From here on in, I think it's safe to say everyone will be using Malema's term.

04 Feb 12:27
Let those who sang Zuma must fall come to the real revolution. February 9 (the court date) is the day. Let's all go to the streets and demonstrate that we are tired of corruption. - JM

04 Feb 12:26
We will do with Gupta what we did with apartheid, we did not send them love letters, says the EFF leader.

04 Feb 12:24
It's time to engage the Guptas directly, warns JM.

04 Feb 12:24
JM: Our sisters, brothers from the Gupta firms we love you so much. We cannot guarantee the safety of those who work for Guptas.

04 Feb 12:22

It's a battle, it's a war. We don't want to see ANN7 anywhere - JM

This must be awkward for the ANN7 team sitting in the briefing...

04 Feb 12:21
JM promises practical action on getting the Guptas out of the country.

04 Feb 12:21
We've got another demand... we demand the Guptas must leave the country. We are tired of talking about them. - JM

04 Feb 12:20
JM recalls the video shown by Police Minister Nathi Nhleko and calls it a "boring movie".

04 Feb 12:19
JM says the president wants to drag it out until 2019. He thinks he can play with us like that. We want the matter implement within 60 days.

04 Feb 12:19
JM: Zuma destroyed the executive and Parliament because of selfishness. This ConCourt settlement is a delay tactic.

04 Feb 12:17
Zuma said "I will never pay a cent" now he says "oh, I will pay.." - JM

04 Feb 12:17
This is not a case between Zuma and the EFF but to reaffirm the Constitution of RSA and protect chapter 9 institutions.

04 Feb 12:16
JM refers to Zuma's "drum majorettes in Parliament".  He says: Zuma needs to abide by the recommendations made by the Public Protector which he insulted by questioning powers of PP's office.

04 Feb 12:15
JM says he is happy the judiciary was able to see this crook for what he is.

04 Feb 12:14

Malema says Zuma in his typical way of trying to control and influence institution of state, he took copy of settlement proposed to court.

JM: Zuma being Zuma he writes to us and copies judges so that he can influence judges.

04 Feb 12:12

Malema starts addressing reporters. He thanks leaders of the EFF and members of the media.

He says Zuma is a corrupt president and that's why "we're here".

04 Feb 12:10
Malema and his comrades have just arrived at the briefing. Ndlozi introduces the group.

04 Feb 11:58

Zuma this week sent a letter to the court's registrar to suggest that it order the auditor general and finance minister to determine how much he should pay back for the multi-million rand upgrades to non-security features at his home in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane has already said the party will not enter into a settlement on the matter.

"It's not just about the money. We want the powers of the public protector to be recognised. So if we settle out of court, then her powers will still be under debate."

04 Feb 11:40

Following the Presidency's announcement that President Jacob Zuma would indeed pay back the money (or some of) for the upgrades at his Nkandla home, the Economic Freedom Fighters leaders will hold a media briefing to discuss the matter.

The party's spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said they are also consulting their lawyers regarding the issue, SABC News reported.

The EFF and Democratic Alliance were due to argue in the Constitutional Court next week that Zuma needed to follow the recommendations of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela that he pay back part of the money spent on renovations at his Nkandla compound.

But after Zuma's revelation, the Constitutional Court gave the parties involved until 16:00 on Friday to reach a settlement.

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