There's no wisdom in Nkandla - Malema

2012-10-09 22:41
Julius Malema (Picture: AP)

Julius Malema (Picture: AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Virginia - Julius Malema on Tuesday severely criticised President Jacob Zuma for the reported R203m upgrades to his Nkandla home in KwaZulu-Natal.

This amounted to stealing and was not right, Malema told striking mineworkers in Virginia, in the Free State.

"They want to give you [miners] R16 000 but they give another man R250m to build a house," Malema said.

Malema was addressing a group at the Meloding Stadium. Many women and children were among the striking workers who arrived to hear him talk.

He asked why Zuma's other three homes, in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, maintained by the state, could not be used for international visitors.

"Who goes to Nkandla of all places? There's no wisdom there, nothing to learn, unless its about cultural aspects," Malema said.

Malema told the miners that  Zuma has no respect for the country's Constitution.

"How can Zuma ask miners to respect the Constitution if he does not," he asked them.

He was referring to a recent Constitutional Court judgment that found invalid the appointment of Menzi Simelane as National Director of Public Prosecutions.

In reading the unanimous judgment, Judge Zak Yacoob said the court reached a number of legal conclusions, including that the NDPP's appointment was not a matter to be determined by the subjective opinion of the president.

Malema told the miners Zuma hired Simelane against the guidelines stipulated by the Constitution. It was Zuma's responsibility to protect the Constitution, yet he ignored it.

He referred to a recent court decision when the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) was ordered to hand over tapes to the Democratic Alliance in relation to corruption charges against Zuma being dropped.

The NPA dropped the charges against Zuma just before he was elected African National Congress president and president of the country.

Malema told the miners that their struggle was his struggle. He also urged the community to stand by the striking workers.

Read more on:    julius malema  |  jacob zuma  |  menzi simelane  |  bloemfontein  |  nkandla upgrade  |  politics  |  mining  |  mining unrest
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
179 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/Food
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Let go of that superiority complex and come join the rest of the people. You will learn more by interacting and connecting on...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.