We told Zuma to go after first term – Malema

2016-04-24 16:13
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Pretoria – EFF leader Julius Malema said those who campaigned and paved the way for President Jacob Zuma to occupy the top seat in the ANC and country told him to leave after his first term ended.

“We are the ones who led the campaign that Zuma must be president but when he made mistakes, we are the ones who went to him and said ‘you wanted to be a president for one term, the term is done. Don’t stand for the second term’,” Malema told residents of Ebony Park on Sunday.

“That’s what made some of us fight with Zuma. He said the public wanted him and he is going back for a second term. We said that will not happen and if you do, we will chase you until you’re gone because we put you there.”

Malema visited the area to hear residents’ complaints ahead of his party’s manifesto launch. After listening to the issues raised, Malema said they would look into them and promised them change.

Protect the Constitution

During his address, he called on South Africans to stand and protect the Constitution. He said those who had supported Zuma on his way to the president's seat regretted the decision.

“We are in the process of correcting that terrible mistake. It was a nightmare; it was a miscarriage of history that should never have happened. It is a powerful thing that we must learn from and don’t repeat that mistake. We are correcting history. Don’t allow them [ANC] to destroy the Constitution because without it we are nothing,” said Malema.

He told the crowd that if they were not careful, the country would end up with a situation where police and soldiers did as they pleased with no consequences. He was referring to the Constitutional Court ruling that found Zuma had breached his oath of office. He said people had to safeguard the Constitution at all costs.

Failed state

“The day we don’t have a Constitution, that is the day soldiers will get into Ebony Park and rape our women then when we try to complain we are told they are untouchable. Police will be untouchable. The Zumas will be untouchable. We will be another failed state.

"Without a Constitution, the family of the president will be richer than the whole country. Where when civil servants must be paid and government doesn’t have money, the president borrows government money. Our economy is going down because the Constitution is under threat,” said Malema.

“The African people that you keep fighting with during xenophobia are not here because they love this country, they are here because their countries have failed. You will be like them. You will run from here and go to other countries. You must defend it today through your vote, through your protest to say anyone who breaks the Constitution can never be your friend,” he added.

Read more on:    anc  |  eff  |  julius malema  |  jacob zuma

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