Zuma's presidency summed up as Guptas, Nkandla and Umshini Wami - Malema

2016-02-16 17:11
Nehawu members occupying the Old Assembly Chambers. Picture: Lindile Mbontsi

Nehawu members occupying the Old Assembly Chambers. Picture: Lindile Mbontsi

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Parliament – The three things that sum up President Jacob Zuma’s tenure are the Guptas, Nkandla and Umshini Wami, according to Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema.

Malema delivered his speech in the State of the Nation Address debate in Parliament on Tuesday in the form of the rap, and closed off with a walkout.

“My Zupta, your leadership can be summed up into three things - the Guptas, Nkandla and Umshini Wami,” Malema said before “dropping the mike” and walking out of the National Assembly.

He was closely followed by his entire caucus.

Malema was referring to Zuma’s friendship with the influential and reportedly politically well-connected Gupta family, the president’s controversial Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal, as well as Zuma’s signature song Awuleth' Umshini Wami (Bring me my machine gun).

Following Malema’s speech, which included apologies to former president Thabo Mbeki and a focus on Zuma’s “shortcomings”, speaker Baleka Mbete said it would be expunged from the records.

In his speech, Malema called Zuma an illegitimate president, and listed some of his grievances.

These included sleeping with “with an HIV-positive woman" and saying a shower would cure it.

"This is a man who knowingly impregnated a friend's child, knowing he had other wives at home. This is another sign of your misjudgments," Malema said.

Mbete said what Malema did in his speech was wrong.

“I want you to know that as you know, what you did was wrong. You should have done [it] in the form of a substantive motion. You did it knowingly and it was wrong, and shall be expunged from the Hansard.”

Read more on:    eff  |  gupta family  |  julius malema  |  sona 2016  |  parliament 2016

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