The possibility of President Jacob Zuma returning to office come 2019 has once again been raised, this time, by the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters EFF who said that Zuma may return as president for a third term, and nobody will be able to stop him.
Malema who was speaking about how powerful President Zuma has become, alerted his audience about reports suggesting that Zuma may return for another tenure siting how Zuma has his sight set on a third term as the president of the ANC.
“Zuma is extremely powerful. At least in the ANC. Zuma, if wants to be the president of the ANC, he will be the president of the ANC for the third time and no one will stop him because they are all scared of him. He has built this power,” said Malema.
“If he wants to be president for the third time, he will be president because everybody is too scared to oppose him,” Malema told a full house at the Daily Maverick’s The Gathering in Midrand.
Though Zuma is yet to make any public declaration of his intentions to return in 2017, the reports of the president return if possible, will be the first since the inception of the party.
Reports have it that President Zuma was “suppressing” talks about succession ahead of the party’s 2017 elective conference, as well as songs about new leaders and Malema explained that it was because he was “scared of going to prison”, and the only way to avoid it was to become president again.
He attributed his remarks to the usual culture – in the ANC – to come up with songs for the incoming president, a year before the conference, as preparation for succession. He said that this has not been done yet.
“A year before the ANC conference there are new songs, songs, I want to give you a simple example, about the incoming president. That’s preparing for succession. There is no song today about the possible president because that debate is suppressed.”
“Jacob Zuma is like a man going in now, not going out,” Malema said, citing Zuma’s alleged taking over of state institutions as evidence that he was consolidating his power.
Zuma has been ANC president since 2007 and the country’s president since 2009 and according to the Constitution, he has to step down after the next general elections, in 2019. But as it is, nothing seems to stop him from returning
Even a lobby including North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo said in agreement that Zuma may return, that they might campaign for Zuma to be elected ANC president for a third time next year.
Meanwhile, Julius Malema has called on South Africans to vote for the sake of the future of their children and not for the sake of Nelson Mandela
Julius Malema was speaking to his party supporters in Thaba ‘Nchu on Saturday where he likened anyone who chooses the ANC to a cattle.
“If you vote for the ANC you are worse than cattle, while Zuma has a swimming pool of R3m,” Malema said.
Malema hinted more on the economic status of the country and how ordinary black citizens are not well catered for by the government especially in the provision of basic needs like health care centers.