While we expect that President Jacob Zuma’s SONA 2017- scheduled for February 9th- will be serene, the commander-in-chief of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has once again promised to make a good show of the day.
It’s no news that Zuma’s past SONA appearances were ruined by the members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). For SONA 2017, the EFF leader, Julius Malema has promised to do the usual and to make sure Zuma does not achieve his political ambitions which he claimed are to the country’s detriment.
Though BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that the defiant EFF leader might miss the SONA 2017 as he would be taking a short break from politics to spend time with his books, the leader said he is waiting for his chance to see Zuma deliver his speech on that day.
Malema who confidently believes Zuma plans to return as President a third time so as to “avoid a date with the court” said in an exclusive interview with the Mail & Guardian on Wednesday, that his party will see to it that they end such an ambition.
With the ANC gearing up for one of its most fiercely contested elective conferences amid deepening factionalism, EFF’s Malema said the tension in the ANC is all part of Zuma’s grand plan to remain in power.
There are at least 10 people vying for the ANC presidential seat. Among them are former African Union Commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who is also Zuma’s former wife and the Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa.
Although Zuma is yet to officially endorse any of the two, he has reportedly hinted that he would be in support of a woman president.
More so, Malema ridiculed the idea saying Zuma would not endorse anyone else but himself to be leader of the ANC and the country.
“He doesn’t want any woman president, if there was a possibility of him changing overnight to become a woman so that he could secure a third term he would’ve done that.”
“Zuma had a personal agenda for wanting a third term: avoiding a date in court,” Malema said.
He thinks that the only effective way of preventing him being prosecuted is by him remaining in power,” he added as he calls for the parliament to be resolved because it has violated the Constitution by allowing itself to be used as puppies by Zuma.
“If we are people who respect the Constitution, that Parliament must be dissolved and all of us must go back to campaign afresh,” he said.
Meanwhile, EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi announced on Friday that Malema is taking a short break from politics to attend to his books as he would be sitting for three exams on 6, 8 and 10 February, all of which he will write at 08:30 in the morning.
Mbuyiseni Ndlozi added that Malema’s break takes effect immediately until February 10. Ndlozi categorically stressed that the EFF leader will not make any public appearances or take interviews during the break, except in very special circumstances.