Julius Malema and President Jacob Zuma. File Photo: Cara Viereckl

Johannesburg - Julius Malema says President Jacob Zuma must be removed from his palatial Nkandla homestead when his term ends.

The expelled former ANC Youth League president said on Tuesday night Zuma should not be allowed to stay in the house, which he said was built with taxpayers’ money, when he is out of office.

He said Zuma, like other former presidents, should stay in his private house, built with his own money.

“Who said you are going to be president for life?” asked Malema. “That house is built on state money. That man, when he leaves, he must leave that house. We can use it for a boarding school,” said Malema.

He was addressing students at the University of Limpopo’s Turfloop campus last night.

The building of Zuma’s Nkandla homestead has sparked a public outcry, after City Press revealed recently that the president’s private home would cost more than R200 million.

Subsequently, The Star reported that Zuma’s village and nearby areas would benefit from a R580m roads project.

The government said the homestead, which has helipads and underground bunkers, would house foreign heads of state when they visit Zuma.

Malema pulled no punches. “What is the historical significance of Nkandla? What is there in Nkandla except mediocrity?” he asked.

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