Malema comes up for Zille

2012-09-12 18:00
Julius Malema (File, Sapa)

Julius Malema (File, Sapa)

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Malema on a mission

2012-09-12 16:56

Watch Julius Malema address soldiers in civilian dress at the Lenasia Recreation Centre, south of Johannesburg. He described SA as a "banana republic" that does not follow the rule of law.WATCH

Johannesburg - Expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema has struck a rare blow for DA leader Helen Zille when he accused ministers of not listening to the courts.

Addressing fewer than 100 soldiers– most of them on special leave following their 2009 march on the Union Buildings - in a small hall at the Lenasia Recreation Centre on Wednesday, Malema said President Jacob Zuma’s Cabinet have been disobeying court orders.

This was putting the Constitution under threat and turning South Africa into a “banana republic”.

He said the DA had won their court case compelling the National Prosecuting Authority to hand over the tapes which supported the dropping of corruption charges against Zuma, but this hadn’t happened.

“We don’t like the DA or Helen Zille, but she has won a court [case] that Zuma must give those tapes to the DA,” he said.

He also said there was a court order against government to give books to Limpopo schoolchildren, as well as an order compelling Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula to reinstate soldiers, but this hasn’t happened.

The soldiers attending the meeting said about 1 200 of them had been dismissed following their 2009 strike for better salaries, but the court found that their dismissal was unlawful.

They were then reinstated and placed on special leave.

Malema said he knew “about the sensitivity around the issue of the military, but military discipline doesn’t mean you have to be quiet when things go wrong. That is military stupidity.”

He also changed his tune about unions, saying the court had declared soldiers workers, so they “have the right to organise”.

Malema denied that he was “planning a mutiny” or that his meeting with soldiers was illegal.

“We are here because we heard you have problems. We require nobody’s permission to come and listen to you,” he said.

He added, to cheers: “Yes we don’t like the government, but we want to bring it down democratically.”

Read the full City Press article here.

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