South Africa’s third most populous party, the EFF, says not only will Jacob Zuma fall, but that this time, NPA’s Shaun Abrahams, the Guptas, and of course, Varsity Fees must fall as well.
EFF’s Julius Malema related this on Thursday, saying these four have become stressing issues the country has to overcome.
According to him, the shutdown at universities across the country, which was as a result of the #FeesMustFall protests “must continue until free education is realised”. Hence, students should not be wearied by the police pepper spray and rubber bullets, he added.
“These were the exact same tactics the apartheid regime had used in quashing dissent.”
“The reality is the state has collapsed. We are on autopilot. The students are on the right path. We have not seen anything wrong done by the students.”
EFF’s Malema said their lawyers had been working day in and out, “bailing the (arrested) students and telling them to go back to the picket lines were they belong”.
Speaking on the country’s economic plight following the recent fraud charges against the finance Minister Pravin Gordhan – which could see his dismissal as the the treasury head – EFF’s Malema said the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head, Shaun Abrahams, was not fit for office, and the charges against Gordhan were a mere human resource matter.
“Now a judge must be the head of HR and resolve a HR matter.” Malema said, pointing out that if Gordhan was fired for rehiring form Sars deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay after the latter had taken an early retirement, “then the Cabinet (ministers) must all resign in solidarity with Gordhan because they claim to be moralists.”
He also said those who are approached to become ministers must refuse to serve in a Cabinet controlled by the Guptas. Malema went on to recall that when he was a member of African National Congress, Zuma once told them that “you can be charged with anything, the onus is on you to prove yourself.”
“The charges against Gordhan were part of Zuma’s fight back strategy as he was involved in racketeering and money laundering,” said Malema.
The EFF is however set to embark on a massive protest in Tshwane on November 2, the same day embattled Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is expected to appear at the Pretoria Regional Court on fraud charges.
And the party leader, EFF’s Malema, called on the workers, students, the unemployed, shopkeepers, and security guards to be part of the “militant action” aimed at defending the country’s democratic gains.
The protest demands included calls for President Jacob Zuma to step down; implementation of free education in 2017; the controversial Gupta family to immediately leave South Africa; and for Shaun Abrahams to step down as the National Prosecuting Authority boss.