Malema rips into Zuma’s Nkandla homestead

By Victoria John, 09 December 2013

EFF leader Julius Malema says President Jacob Zuma built an expensive pool at his Nkandla home but nobody in his family can swim.

President Jacob Zuma built a R2.5-million swimming pool for his family using public funds even though his whole family does not know how to swim, Economic Freedom Fighters’ leader Julius Malema said in an interview with Al Jazeera on Monday.

In the interview about the life and death of Mandela, Malema said one of the differences between former president Nelson Mandela and Zuma was that Mandela was the one who knew how to swim, he said.

“Madiba never built a R1-million kraal. Madiba has never built a R500 000 spaza shop for his beautiful wife. Madiba didn’t use the money of the people to do that. Madiba never used the money of the people to build a R2.5-million swimming pool for himself, despite the fact that he knew how to swim. People build swimming pools … in the whole family no one knows how to swim, but they build a 2.5-million [rand] swimming pool for themselves,” he said.

Mandela ushered in political freedom but “political freedom without economic freedom is incomplete”, he said.

South African leaders who came after Mandela “sold out”, Malema said.

Ex-Zuma supporter
Originally a Zuma supporter, Malema said his mind changed about the president “when [Zuma] made his acceptance speech and the press conferences subsequent to that … [where] he said nothing is going to change economically”.

“We elected this person with a ticket that is going to bring fundamental change. Then he goes to London and reassures the queen and everybody else that no, in South Africa things will remain the same.”

When asked why South Africans must follow him when he has faced allegations similar to those made against Zuma, Malema said he had always been answerable to the courts, unlike the other one who has done everything in his power to avoid the courts. “I’m a law abiding citizen. I believe in accountability … You can trust a man who is not scared to be answerable to the courts of law.”

He said the next step for South Africa was “nationalisation of mines, banks and strategic sectors of the economy … the land.”

When asked whether his plans would scare off foreign investors, Malema said: “You see when you say foreign investors, you want to say white people, because, I mean, there’s no black foreign investor. There’s no African foreign investor. If they go, let them go.”


4 Replies to “Malema rips into Zuma’s Nkandla homestead”

  1. The one quality I have always admired in Julius is that he stands his ground, it helps no one to tip-toe around the truth, and reality is, politics is not about popularity contest, and the truth is to address the inequalities that were caused by racial laws, we need to look at race, and it is going to make people uncomfortable( the minority )but imposing those laws made others uncomfortable ( the majority ) and still makes them uncomfortable. were is the fairness in one leading a lavish lifestyle and another hardly buy a loaf of bread. and why are there a few blacks that choose to forget what the initial struggle was about. I commend Julius and his team for re-visiting the real struggle. God Bless You Guys, may the truth prevail, may God Bless you with Wisdom, strength and all that is required to achieve this big task! Do not derail, you are on the right track!

  2. An agreement it is an obligation (MALEMA JULIUS) He knows the truth and secrets of Parliament that all the members of constitutional house are anti-christ.These people are sending the nation through the door of hell.I am carefull in every say of Mr Malema,he speaks with a limit cause he knows that even himself he is an anti-christ if ever he speaks waarlos they’ll kill him.He is dangerous by himself so,listen but be careful

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