Crowd chants 'run Zuma run' as Malema tells march EFF won't accept 'Mickey Mouse offer'
Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema told his supporters marching in downtown Johannesburg that the party would not accept the 'Mickey Mouse' deal that President Jacob Zuma had put forward to settle the Nkandla case.
MALEMA: We need fearless characters to take charge
“We have the Constitutional Court and the Guptas to attend to. So we need fearless characters to take charge…” Watch EFF leader Julius Malema address supporters ahead of their march to the Constitutional Court.Posted by Times LIVE on Tuesday, 9 February 2016
Two years after denying liability for the splurging of millions in taxpayers’ money on his private KwaZulu-Natal homestead‚ Zuma announced last week that he had written to the Constitutional Court proposing to repay some of the money.
The ConCourt is today hearing arguments from the EFF and the Democratic Alliance in connection with Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report on the upgrades. In two separate cases which will be heard together‚ the EFF and the DA want the court to order Zuma to implement Madonsela’s directives‚ including paying back a portion of the costs for non-security upgrades. The National Assembly and the President are opposing the application.
Malema‚ addressing a crowd chanting “Long live Julius Sello Malema” and “Run Zuma run”‚ ahead of a march from Mary Fitzgerald Square to the ConCourt‚ said he was there to ensure that Zuma pays back the money while the DA wants to take credit for taking Zuma to court.
Malema said all the party wanted was for the president to be accountable. “We don’t have a problem with the man. We have a problem with people not complying with the constitution‚” said Malema. Malema said he would brief his supporters on the Gupta family‚ who he last week attacked for their political influence. “Guptas need to leave SA... There is nothing xenophobic about that‚” said Malema. His remarks came after the Gupta brothers filed an urgent court interdict against him and the EFF to restrain them from committing acts of violence against the company’s shareholders‚ staff and property.
“We have a right as politicians to criticise anyone and no one will take away that right‚” Malema told his supporters.
He said he wanted the EFF protest to be peaceful and asked his supporters to maintain discipline: “Fighters‚ we must make sure we don't create unnecessary tension”.