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Zuma should resign, says Malema

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EFF leader Julius Malema. File picture: Dumisani Sibeko

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma should resign within 20 days, EFF leader Julius Malema said on Thursday.

“Zuma should step down. If he fails to do so within 20 days, the EFF will march to the Union Buildings... and we will not leave the premises until he resigns,” Malema told supporters outside the Sunnyside police station in Pretoria.

He said he had laid charges of corruption, theft, fraud and racketeering against Zuma with the Sunnyside police.

This was prompted by the release on Wednesday of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's final report on the upgrades to Zuma's private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.

In her report, Madonsela found Zuma “unduly benefited from the enormous capital investment” in the Nkandla upgrades, totalling R246 million.

Malema said the charges were laid against Zuma, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and architect Minenhle Makhanya, among others.

Madonsela found that Makhanya had made R16.5 million as Zuma's architect and as the public works department's principal agent for the Nkandla project.

Malema said the racketeering charge was added “because Zuma operated with criminals”.

“Let me help the police here... Zuma does not allow electronic transfers, I have worked with him. He doesn't take cheques either.”

He said Zuma should be charged following Madonsela's report and be arrested.

Zuma's children should also be investigated and a lifestyle audit conducted.

“He has a son who collects the cash for him. All his children must be investigated,” Malema told cheering supporters.

He accused the ANC of arrogance, and said it had been protecting one man since 2005.

“They are arrogant and have become a law unto themselves. The police should show that no one is above the law.”

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Access the Public Protector’s Nkandla report here


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