PODCAST: Key points from EFF leader Julius Malema's Press Club appearance
Cape Town - Following Thursday's eventful State of the Nation Address (SONA) by President Cyril Ramaphosa in which the Economic Freedom Fighters demanded the removal of FW de Klerk from the House whilst also calling for the axing of Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, party leader Julius Malema took time to explain their stance.
We look at some of the key answers that he gave to questions posed by Sifiso Mahlangu, Independent Media Group Head of Politics, on Friday at the Press Club of South Africa.
Malema defended the EFF's calls for former president FW de Klerk not to be at Parliament saying he had showed South Africans the middle finger and showed no regrets for apartheid.
“Our actions yesterday (Thursday) were provoked by him saying apartheid was not a crime against humanity. To us he does not have regrets. Now he has got his ice boy as a president and thinks he can undermine us because he controls Cyril,” he said.
Malema also said there was nothing new in Ramaphosa’s SONA. “We continued to hear his dreams of building a new city, even though today he is the same man selling our independence and our state-entities, surrendering all capacity to capital.”
He also charged that Ramaphosa’s only solution to the collapse of SOEs was a misplaced faith in the private sector.
“The state will now allow our municipalities to enter into exploitative contracts with Independent Power Producers, and more of these contracts which have seen Eskom operate at a loss for the benefit of Cyril and Pravin’s (Gordhan) friends will be signed.”
He reiterated that Gordhan was at the centre of the collapse of SOEs and capture of the country by white-monopoly capital.