Durban – President Jacob Zuma’s son, Edward, on Friday said “certain leaders” were using people’s genuine concerns to fuel anarchy.
Zuma referred to EFF leader Julius Malema’s remarks about residents of Vuwani, Limpopo, burning schools in protest against a Municipal Demarcation Board decision to incorporate their area into a new municipality.
“Never, ever burn down schools, clinics and community halls,” Malema told residents of Gugulethu, Cape Town, on May 15.
“Take ownership of them. If you have a problem with the councillor, go to them and fight with them. You know where the ANC offices are, where the DA is, where the EFF is situated. Fight with them. Leave property alone,” Malema said.
In a statement, Zuma said the continued “war talks by some small opposition party must be taken seriously and be attended to with immediate effect” and that South Africa was under siege.
Zuma said the EFF was “agitating workers” against the ANC, following the “nonsensical decision” by the country’s four major banks to stop doing business with the Gupta family, which had links with the Zumas.
Zuma attacked business tycoon Johan Rupert, and alleged that Rupert had “captured” the judiciary to ensure his father’s removal from office through courts.
He recently laid a charge of corruption against Rupert at the Nkandla police station.
He appealed to the ANC and government to stop banking with the “stupid banks” that wanted to “suffocate” workers. The Postbank should be resuscitated and all government accounts kept there instead, he said.