Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema says his party will lead a mass protest on 2 November 2016, ‘to protect South Africa’s hard won democracy and political freedom’.
The EFF called on all South Africans of all creed, from all religious backgrounds, all strata, and all races to unite in the struggle for free education, and the deference of the country’s democracy against state capture.
“The people of South Africa must stand united against the Zupta nonsense, which is corruptly robbing South Africa of its needed scarce resources and failing to provide free education to deserving students,” Malema said.
“We call on all sectors of society to rally behind the EFF efforts of saving South Africa’s democracy, which is being compromised by Mr. Jacob Zuma,” the political party said.
The EFF, the country’s third largest political party, said that the protest action in November will be ‘unapologetically’ demanding the following;
- The South African Government must provide free quality education at higher education from 2017 onwards.
- Jacob Zuma must immediately step down as President and Head of State in South Africa.
- Guptas must be disconnected from all State contracts and must immediately leave South Africa.
- Shaun Abrahams, the NDPP of Zuma must immediately step down from the National Prosecutions Authority.
Malema called on ANC members join to join the march, not as political opposites, but to stand against issues of national importance. “We are going to take the lead,” Malema said.
“South Africa is tired of the Zupta shenanigans going on in this country.”
The ANC is gone
In a Q&A session after the briefing, Malema was asked about the noise surrounding state capture: how the ANC’s own investigations into the matter turned up bare, and how the Public Protector has been stalled by president Zuma in her own investigation.
Malema said it came as no surprise that no officials came forward to give evidence to ANC secretary general, Gwede Mantashe, in the ANC investigation, saying that the ANC was “useless” and “cannot save this country”.
“You will be clownish to take any evidence to the ANC. Actually, you will be setting yourself up for assassination – you’re just asking people to come and kill you,” Malema said.
“Who is the ANC? What power do they have (to charge the Guptas) – especially Gwede (Mantashe).”
“The ANC can’t investigate Zuma. It has collapsed into this one thing called Zuma.”
“I listen to people who try to sound clever and say ‘I support the ANC but not Zuma’. What ANC? Can the real ANC please rise? It is not there. You are living a lie,” Malema said.
“There is no ANC. It’s gone.”