- After causing quite the scene at President Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address, the EFF has held a press briefing
- From the chaos at the event to former president Jacob Zuma, Julius Malema discussed the party's stance
- Briefly.co.za explores just a few of Malema's quotes from the bombshell address
Economic Freedom Fighter leader Julius Malema hosted a press briefing on Friday morning to address the chaos at the State of the Nation Address.
Briefly.co.za reported that the EFF had demanded former president FW de Klerk leave the address and called for the removal of Minister Pravin Gordhan.
Now, Malema expanded on his reasoning for insisting the Public Enterprises head gets the boot:
"Gordhan is at the centre of the collapse of SOEs and capture of our country by white-monopoly capital, as it is for this reason why we want him gone. We are a country living in darkness, because of Pravin Gordhan. Gordhan’s removal is the first step in saving our SOEs. This must be followed by appointing of a competent board with skills from various sectors that relate to energy, and the scrapping of IPP contracts which are a looting of our coffers."
Addressing the call to remove former president FW de Klerk from the sitting, Malema commented:
"This fear of whites is exactly what makes a former liberation movement defend a mass murderer and apartheid apologist like De Klerk. This is all because the government of the day is too afraid of white people. It is because the government of the day allows white to control all strategic sectors of our economy."
In a surprising move, Malema revealed he didn't think sending former president Jacob Zuma to jail was the answer:
"On Zuma case: I said if there are charges against Zuma he must go to court. But we can't jail him, what kind of society are we if we jail old people? He must answer to court and the court its ruling should take his age into consideration. Prisons are correctional services. Taking Zuma to jail would be a waste of money because what correction would we be doing to that old man? Court will have to find other forms."
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