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Malema sets the stage for another Parliamentary showdown

Julius Malema says he will show his disrespect for Jacob Zuma during next week's Sona.

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema briefed the media in Johannesburg on 04 February 2016 on President Jacob Zuma's claims that he will pay back some of the money spent on upgrades to his Nkandla homestead. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.
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JOHANNESBURG – Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says he will show his disrespect for President Jacob Zuma during next week's State of the Nation Address (Sona).

Malema has rejected the president’s offer to repay portions of the money spent on his Nkandla home.

LISTEN: Malema outlines Sona 2016 plans.  

He says the EFF will continue with legal action against Zuma to hold him to account and has given the president two months to make the payment.

Malema says he is not afraid to be forcibly removed from Parliament’s chambers again. 

“He is not worth being given the respect that must be given to a sitting president.”

He says Zuma should step down as president and if he doesn't, the EFF will continue to disrupt Parliament.

“When we declare a war, we fight it to the bitter end. This is not the end and Zuma must go down.”

Malema says the party will be marching to the Constitutional Court on Tuesday to demand Zuma step down.



MALEMA CALLS ZUMA OUT ON ‘DELAY TACTICS’

The EFF leader says Zuma is only trying to delay paying back the money spent on Nkandla.
 
Both the Democratic Alliance and Malema have rejected the president's settlement offer announced this week and instead are pushing ahead with their legal battle against him in the Constitutional Court.

Malema says the president needs to come clean.

“He must agree that he was in breach of oath of office because in everything else that he did he didn’t protect the public purse, that is expected of a sitting president.” 

He has also called on South Africans to join his party for a mass march to the Constitutional Court on Tuesday where they'll demand that Zuma step down.

LISTEN: Are you for or against the #ZumaMustFall march?  


GUPTA NEWSPAPER AND TV STATION BLASTS MALEMA 

Editor in Chief of the New Age and ANN7, Moegsien Williams, has strongly condemned Malema's claim that he can no longer guarantee the safety of reporters from those organisations at EFF events.

Malema says people from the media organisations owned by the Gupta family are no longer welcome at the party’s press conferences.

The EFF leader also said he and his party want the Gupta family to leave the country because they’re tired of the corruption.

WATCH: Malema: Guptas must leave SA



Williams says the politician will not be allowed to participate in the local government elections if he doesn't change his tune.

“If Mr Malema is going to persist with his actions against our reporters he won’t be able to sign this code of conduct which means he won’t be able to participate in the elections. That’s how stupid it is.”

Williams has also denied his channel stopped broadcasting Malema's press conference today because he was being critical of the Gupta family.

It was claimed the channel cut its feed after Malema said Zuma had allowed one family to colonise the country.

Williams says his reporters left the briefing when they felt threatened by Malema.

“He said he could not guarantee the safety of the reporters so they had to withdraw because they were sitting in an environment where reporters feel unsafe.”

Furthermore, the South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) has strongly criticised Malema for saying that he can no longer guarantee the safety of journalists from ANN7 or the New Age newspaper at his events.

Sanef media freedom head Adriaan Basson says Malema's comments are dangerous.

“We have no problem with political parties engaging with journalists but we do think it’s unfortunate to ban journalists and target journalists working for those people.”

To read the Public Protector's full report on spending at Nkandla, click here.

To read the letter from the Constitutional Court, click here.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)








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