Julius Malema, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Tuesday joined thousands of supporters at the Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, Johannesburg ahead of their march to the Constitutional Court.
Dressed in a red T-shirt, just like the thousands of his supporters, Malema was in conversation with party spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, whose fashion sense was on display. He wore what looked like a pair of “tights”.
The EFF has taken President Jacob Zuma to the Constitutional Court over actions regarding the public protectors’s remedial action over undue benefits that resulted from R250-million security upgrades at his private Nkandla residence.
Malema said: “We have Constitutional Court and the Guptas to deal with, they must leave South Africa, we have written 25 reasons why they should leave.
There’s nothing racist about it, they are criminals milking the state’s money.”
Malema urged financial and state-owned institutions, including SAA, to stop giving their employees The New Age newspaper “for free” because doing so was “supporting crime”.
The march is in support of the EFF matter in which it is joined by the Democratic Alliance and public protector Thuli Madonsela. Corruption Watch is involved as a friend of the court.
EFF Daveyton branch member Mlungisi Glen Sibiya said the party’s members would make sure that Zuma abides by the public protector’s payment instructions.
“We are not here just to march for fun. We want to make sure that he goes to jail if he does not pay back the money,” said Sibiya
The EFF also wants the court to find that Zuma broke the law by not complying with the public protector’s remedial action, which requested the president to pay for undue benefits such as the swimming pool, amphitheatre and cattle kraal, which were said to be part of security upgrades that cost the state nearly R250-million.
About 2 000 EFF members were chanting “We want our money”. Some carried placards reading “ANC MUST FALL” and “PAY BACK THE MONEY”. – African News Agency (ANA)