In a similar vein to last year, South African politician and leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Julius Malema promised to disrupt the State of the Nation address next week if the country’s President Jacob Zuma fails to provide a reason for sacking his finance minister.
Speaking at a media briefing at the EFF’s headquarters in Johannesburg on Thursday, Malema says the President’s first sentence must explain why Nhlanhla Nene was fired to avoid disruptions.
“He (President Zuma) must say, ‘the reason why I removed Finance Minister is’ and carry on. If he doesn’t, we’ll say ‘hold it right there’,” vowed Malema.
A day after he made these comments several media reports claimed Nene resigned as an ANC MP in December but his resignation was only processed in January.
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During Thursday’s presser Malema, in his usual firebrand style, also treaded on a few toes including the president and the Gupta family.
Despite Zuma indicating his willingness to payback the money for upgrades done to his Nkandla homestead, Malema lashed out at what he alleged to be a ‘corrupt’ president.
“Zuma being Zuma writes to us and copies judges so that he can influence judges, so that when we arrive at court, the judges already see him as a reasonable man,” says Malema.
“I’m happy we were able to see this ‘crook’ even before he is attempting to do things (which are) unacceptable.”
Malema then redirected his rage towards the controversial Gupta family, who are alleged to have some control over the ruling party, saying that they should leave South Africa immediately.
“We are not going to allow the Guptas to masquerade as genuine business people. They are not,” says Malema.
“We are not going to allow South Africa to be sold over a plate of curry.”
Malema went on to ban Gupta owned media outlets, ANN7 and The New Age, from its events, saying he doesn’t need the media to highlight the work he is doing.
Speaking to CNBC Africa, ANN7 says all freedom-loving democrats in South Africa should condemn the leader of the EFF for his utterances and threats against the staff of The New Age and TV-channel ANN7.
The Democratic Alliance leader, Mmusi Maimane, was also caught in the firing words of the EFF’s Chief in Command saying that he will lead Maimane, and not the other way around.
“I’m not going to be led by a person from church just straight into politics.”