- Casac has said that Julius Malema is in breach of the ethics code and should be removed as Parliament's delegate to the JSC
- Casac wrote to the Registrar of Members' Interests about the EFF leader's alleged unsubstantiated attacks on the judiciary
- The council said the attacks are objectionable because they are made by a member of the Assembly
The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac) wants EFF leader Julius Malema to be withdrawn as the National Assembly's delegate to the Judicial Services Commission (JSC).
Casac's executive secretary, Lawson Naidoo, has complained to the Parliament's Registrar of Members' Interests about Malema's alleged unsubstantiated attacks on the judiciary and his conduct at the JSC. Naidoo asked the registrar to recommend to Parliament's Joint Committee on Ethics and Members' Interest that Malema is in breach of the ethics code.
In his affidavit, Naidoo said the attacks are objectionable because they are made by a member of the Assembly, who is supposed to represent the public interest and uphold the integrity of the court.
News24 reports that the politician told a press conference in March that prosecutions were selective. The presser was held a day after he appeared in the East London's Regional Court on firearms related-charges.
The publication also reported that Naidoo referred to Malema calling Judge Dhaya Pillay "nothing but a political activist" and a member of a Pravin Gordhan-led faction, and questioning Judge Elias Matojane about a ruling he made against the EFF in Trevor Manuel's defamation suit against the party.
Casac wrote to the registrar after the Speaker of the National Assembly Thandi Modise advised him to pursue this course of action. Daily Maverick reports that Casac had asked Modise what actions Parliament was taking over Malema’s "unwarranted" and "unbecoming" comments about judges.
In other news, Briefly News reported that Julius Malema got the whole country riled up with his latest speech in which he made some inflammatory statements. Malema delivered a passionate speech at a public rally in which he demanded that white South Africans apologise.
He also delivered scathing remarks directed at President Cyril Ramaphosa. The EFF shared Malema's message on their social media accounts:
"When they say to you that you must celebrate Freedom Day, they mean you must celebrate not having land. #EFFFreedomDay"
During Malema's speech, he said that Freedom Day could only be taken seriously once all people have access to land. Briefly News also reported that Mmusi Maimane and Julius Malema recently exchanged virtual blows after Maimane threw shade at South Africa's various political parties.
While no specific names were mentioned, it was easy to tell that the party that "fuels anger" was Malema's party, the EFF, and Malema knew this too. "Have courage," Malema responded to the tweet, which prompted this response from Maimane:
"Izapha Julius. This country cannot be led merely by the angry. We need people who want to truly return power to the people and not to take power from the ANC and then give it to themselves. That’s why direct elections are important. They empower the community. Not the party."
Many highly entertained South Africans had this to say about the two politicians' little exchange: @afirikanman said:
"But Mmusi if he is not angry as a black person in this country, he has a serious problem. No one is fuelling anger, we're just angry."
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