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Malema 'airs ANC’s dirty laundry' in Parly

Malema accused President Zuma of being under the sway of the influential Gupta family.

EFF leader Julius Malema addresses the media on proceedings at Sona 2016 outside of the National Assembly. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN
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CAPE TOWN - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has been accused of being a sell-out after seemingly airing the African National Congress’s (ANC) dirty linen in Parliament this afternoon.

Malema accused President Jacob Zuma of being under the sway of the influential Gupta family.

He claimed he was present when Minister of Sports Fikile Mbalula received a call from the Gupta family informing him of his ministerial promotion.

He also apologised to former presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki. 

“We are here today to once again to apologise to the former President Thabo Mbeki for being part of those who removed him on the basis of lies, rumours and gossip spread by the sitting president. President Mbeki in his letter says ‘I did not tell who was misleading us’. We were misled by this man, the President of the Republic of South Africa.” 

Malema made the claim during a speech attacking President Zuma’s legitimacy as head of state.

The former ANC Youth League leader seems to have drawn on inside knowledge to portray the president as a man in the pocket of the well-connected Gupta family.

Malema also claimed he was with Zuma when he said he no longer wanted to work for Mbeki, who was later recalled from office.

Malema led his caucus out of the Chamber after finishing his speech.

That’s when Deputy Mining Minister Godfrey Oliphant accused the EFF of being cowards and Malema of being a sell-out.

WATCH: #SonaDebate: Malema responds to Zuma                           

Mbalula, meanwhile, tweeted that this information is not new.

ANC speakers rallied today not so much in defence of Zuma personally, but around efforts by the government to get the economy moving and avert a downgrade to junk status by the international ratings agencies.

The EFF and the Democratic Alliance (DA) used their time to portray the president as a man out of touch with the needs of the people and unfit to lead.

With local government elections looming, they also spent time insisting their parties can do a much better job.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane accused Zuma of living on his own planet and moving from one mistake to the next.

“We cannot respect a man personally responsible for the building of Nkandla and the firing of Nhlanhla [Nene]. Madame Speaker, Jacob Zuma is not an honourable man because if he was he would do the honourable thing and resign.”

He turned and addressed Zuma directly.

“We need a president who puts people first and himself last. You Sir, are not that president.”

WATCH: Everything you need to know about ‘Planet Zuma’

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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