To remain a good boy, you must remain loyal to Number 1 – Julius Malema

2013-11-28 15:37

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Julius Malema has once again blamed his political foes for his court case, saying he has had problems from the time he stopped being a “good boy”.

The leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said those in power were using state resources to settle political differences.

After his dismissal from the ANC, Malema has been in the news for failing to pay his taxes, he lost his houses and other property to the taxman and was arrested for charges related to fraud and corruption in Limpopo.

“When I was still a good boy, all these institutions were never against me, but the day I turned against them I became the most corrupt. I became a man who doesn’t pay his tax,” Malema told his supporters after his brief appearance at the Polokwane High Court earlier today.

“For you to remain a good boy and a good guy, you must remain loyal to Number 1 [referring to President Jacob Zuma]. The day you speak against Number 1, you do not become a good boy.”

Malema said his court case was “political persecution for holding a different view”.

He added: “You’re disagreeing with what we represent and therefore you’re manipulating state institutions to settle political differences and that is very weak. Those who are politically strong and know what the people want will never abuse court processes to settle political differences, they’ll use political platforms to advocate for what they represent.”

Malema said he was surprised that he was being prosecuted while those who committed crimes against government walked free.

“What did we do to these people that the apartheid generals did not do them? Why do they forgive those who hanged Solomon Mahlangu and not forgive a son of their own?” he asked.

“Why would they go all-out to destroy a young man? Why would they take everything from him and still protect those who killed our people?”

He said there was “no crime we’ve committed except to express a different view”.

Malema then urged his home province to stand up for him. “You, the people of Limpopo, you’re standing and looking at them. They are killing your own child and took his house. You gave birth to this child and felt the pain of carrying him for months but they kill him while you’re watching.

“You’re not standing up to say ‘enough is enough’ and ask what the poor child did,” he said.

Despite the claim that the courts were being used to settle political scores, the EFF leaders said he still respected the courts and believed they were also maintaining their independence.

“You’re here because you believe in the judicial system [and that] judges will not consult with other people before they come to hear the case. You believe prosecutors will prosecute objectively without being influenced by politicians,” he said to his supporters.

“We know that those who differed with us and expelled us from their organisations control the system, yet we believe in the system. We still have confidence in the system.

“We believe that even if we know that prosecutors must be speaking to certain politicians we still believe in you because of a simple reason, you’ve taken an oath. You said you will serve the state [and] you will not serve the individuals, political parties or a section in society but the Constitution of the republic of SA.”

Malema urged prosecutors and judges to protect the independence of the institutions of state and restore the dignity and integrity of the prosecuting authority and the judicial system.

He said he had made representations and asked the court to withdraw his charges but can always pre-empt the outcome. “That is why I never leave devastated because I know how they will respond. I know what they want [but] one thing they will never capture is my soul and my determination to fight,” Malema said.

“I will never be demoralised. Their postponements must give you courage. These postponements are a display of cowardice. [They] keep on back-pedalling every time because they have nothing against us.”

But Malema said his court appearances – which have recently been marked by a sea of red with EFF members coming in high numbers to support him – were good for his newly formed party.

“Today is a rally, we’re not here for court. The date for this rally was set by the government and because we respect our government we honoured this appointment and we’re here today,” he told his supporters.

“We’re not to blame for this platform and if there is anybody they want to blame for this platform it’s themselves, they are creating it. The only way to do away with this platform is to drop the charges, because there are no charges, and to stop organising rallies for EFF, drop the charges because we all know you don’t have charges against us.”

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