- Julius Malema recently held a press briefing to clarify the party's stance on a number of issues
- The EFF leader once again provided a bombshell address, outlying the plan for the year ahead
- Briefly.co.za explores some of the developments out of the Red Beret gathering
EFF leader Julius Malema is taking no prisoners this year and he made this abundantly clear during a press briefing on Sunday.
From President Cyril Ramaphosa to Johann Rupert to Minister Pravin Gordhan, no feelings were spared.
Briefly.co.za explores some of the highlights from the address below:
1. President Cyril Ramaphosa
Malema claims that Ramaphosa has failed to bring about a single victory during his time in office:
"President Cyril Ramaphosa has not recorded a single victory or achievement since his election into president when Jacob Zuma was removed. Under his watch the economy is contrasting, recording some of the highest unemployment rates in the world; with over 50% of the youth effectively out of work."
In fact, the EFF leader accuses the president of enabling white-monopoly capital:
"His government is dismantling and destabilising State-Owned Enterprises which are a people’s property in order to justify privatisation and mass retrenchment of workers. In essence, he is effectively enabling white monopoly capital to take over SOEs and restrict the role of the state in the economy and industrial development in general."
2. Pravin Gordhan
Malema is adamant Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan is responsible for the state of Eskom and the EFF intends to amplify calls for his removal:
"Most painfully, under his watch black executives in key state institutions are being vilified, projected as incompetent and corrupt, then replaced with racial minorities; which is the greatest statement of no confidence in African leadership. We will, therefore, march to the Public Enterprises Offices in Pretoria to demand Pravin Gordhan to resign."
3. FW de Klerk
The EFF leader called for former president FW de Klerk to avoid the upcoming SONA address:
"We also call of De Klerk to stay away from SONA and return the Nobel Peace Prize because he has proven to be an unrepentant apartheid apologist. We will not share a democratic parliament space with an apartheid apologist who says apartheid is not a crime against humanity."
4. Johann Rupert and the Oppenheimer family
Two of the richest families in South Africa have become the focus of an EFF retalition:
"Finally, we shall march to the OR Tambo Airport to demand the closure of the Oppenheimer Private Terminal (Fireblade). We shall also march to the properties of Johann Rupert, particularly his farms in Mpumalanga and Western Cape. We shall march to Stephen Koesheff’s Investec against its undue influence over the political affairs of this country through their puppet Ramaphosa."
Malema is adamant that Ramaphosa has allowed WMC to take root once more in South Africa:
"We are being controlled by whites here. Even the little political freedom we got in 1994, Cyril has handed it back to the whites"
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