By Govan Whittles & Carmel Loggenberg, 30 March 2014
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says he will meet with police detectives tomorrow to give them evidence that President Jacob Zuma stole public money.
Malema made the accusation during his address to residents of Mahikeng in the North West province yesterday.
He opened criminal charges against Zuma following the release of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s Nkandla report into upgrades at his KwaZulu-Natal home.
Madonsela’s report found that Zuma violated the Executive Ethics Code of South Africa and benefitted from the almost R250 million upgrades to his KwaZulu-Natal home. She ordered Zuma to account to Parliament, discipline his ministers and pay back a portion of the money spent on upgrades not linked to security.
Malema said he will meet with police detectives tomorrow to give them evidence that Zuma stole public money.
The firebrand political leader also accused Zuma of enjoying a luxurious life while poor people are living in poverty.
He told supporters that Zuma must rot in jail.
Yesterday, EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi accused Zuma of stealing from the poor, saying he doesn’t deserve to spend his life outside a jail cell.
He said the president must first resign, then answer to criminal charges and finally give back the money owed to tax payers.
Meanwhile, Madonsela’s report also featured prominently at the Democratic Alliance(DA)’s manifesto launch in Johannesburg yesterday.
The DA’s Gauteng premier candidate Mmusi Maimane said corruption in the Gauteng provincial government has cost taxpayers even more than what was spent on Nkandla.
“It is an absolute disgrace that in the last year, the Gauteng government has wasted R6 billion due to corruption. That is 24 Nkandla homesteads.”
The president has not yet responded to the report.
While the protector’s report set a clear deadline, there’s no indication yet as to whether it will be met by Zuma.