Malema calls JZ a ‘thief’

2012-10-11 00:00

ON the same day as Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released her report finding that Julius Malema’s trust gained improper benefit from irregular tenders, Malema was calling President Jacob Zuma a “thief”.

The former ANC Youth League president was enthusiastically welcomed at the Brixton informal settlement in Johannesburg.

The crowds cheered and pushed to get a good view, while children climbed trees for a better vantage point.

“The thief [Zuma] is stealing your money,” Malema told them.

“Zuma is building a big house at Nkandla for R200 million and you don’t have houses. That R200 million could have been used to build houses for all of you.”

Malema said he knows the police are threatening to remove the people from the settlement because they are living there illegally. He said they must insist that the government build them houses.

“With this government, if you don’t sleep with them, they won’t give you a house. They look after those that sleep with them.

“They know their time is up in December when we will elect new leaders. Zuma is not your president. He steals your money and uses it to build himself a house.”

Malema, accompanied by his right-hand man Floyd Shivambu and trailed by hundreds of people, walked through the settlement, where sewage runs in the streets and the tiny houses are resting on top of each other.

Nearby is a piece of open ground the residents have been forbidden to build on.

“That land is empty. That’s your land. You must reclaim what is yours,” said Malema.

He claimed Zuma is waging a vendetta against him and wants to “strip him naked”. “He should know we are not scared of jail time or death. Even if I am naked and homeless I know I can come and squat here with you, because this is where I belong.”

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