Remove Zuma as president, Malema urges

2012-09-26 13:16
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Polokwane - Expelled ANCYL president Julius Malema told his supporters on Wednesday that they needed to make sure President Jacob Zuma was not re-elected at the ANC's national conference in Mangaung.

Malema, who was speaking after being officially charged with money laundering at the Polokwane Regional court, and subsequently released on R10 000 bail, said Zuma must be removed as president.

"We must make sure Jacob Zuma does not become president of the ANC," he told supporters.

"Zuma has 700 charges against him. I only have one."

He said Zuma had to be officially charged and arrested.

Innocence

Proclaiming his innocence, Malema said: "Comrades... we are happy our charges are here. We are prepared to answer any questions and every question... because we are not hiding anything," he said.

"Only criminals run away from the court."

He thanked the crowd for its support and for a night vigil held for him on Tuesday.

Malema also thanked his family, and especially his grandmother, who he said continued to receive threats.

"She has always said to me... if you believe in it, continue to fight for it."

He thanked the ANC provincial leadership for supporting him against "politically motivated charges".

"All of you, your efforts are recognised," he said.

He also thanked his lawyer, who he said had represented him despite criticism from other white people.

"They want justice to be served. That is why they took a decision to represent me... and my team will be victorious."

- SAPA

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