- The ANC has caved into immense pressure and announced that members facing serious charges will be compelled to step aside
- However, Julius Malema says that he disapproves of this decision undertaken by the ruling party and will never implement a similar policy in the EFF
- The Red Beret leader slammed this move as illegal, adamant that people should be seen as 'innocent until proven guilty'
Economic Freedom Fighter Julius Malema has weighed in with his views on the ANC's decision to force members facing serious charges to step aside.
Malema slammed the policy as illegal and even unconstitutional recently while addressing the media outside of the Randburg Magistrate's Court.
The ruling party had recently announced that officials facing corruption charges and other serious formal cases would be compelled to leave leadership posts in order to finalise their cases.
This had come in response to immense public outrage over the likes of corruption-accused ex-mayor Zandile Gumede being eyeballed for top government posts.
Despite the pressure from the public to act in similar instances, Malema is adamant that the EFF would never consider implementing such policies:
"We won't emulate that, it's an illegal thing, it's unconstitutional. We are told the Constitution of SA is the best in the world but for political experiencing, people have now decided to abandon the Constitution and follow the popular narrative."
Malema claims that the ANC has an alternate agenda and it has nothing to do with trying the corrupt in court, adamant that sinister forces within the party are controlling the situation:
"It's a rule of Pravin Gordhan. Remember, Pravin controls the Prosecuting Authority and anyone opposed to Pravin is going to be charged, not with a hope of securing any conviction, but just to put a dark cloud on top of your head and then you're off and they then emerge uncontested."
Malema defended the notion of 'innocent until proven guilty', which the EFF leader insisted must be respected and questionable ANC officials should resign due to their own convictions:
"Let them take an individual decision. Let it not be a structural organisational position, let their conscience speak to them. They must resign of their own accord."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Malema and former EFF national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi had appeared in court on Monday to face assault charges.
The matter revolves around the alleged assault of a police officer outside of the funeral of the late struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
Both men insist that they are innocent of any crime and that the case is a waste of time, despite CCTV footage of the incident.
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