Defence officials wasting money - Malema

Julius Malema says the Defence Department wasted money by paying suspended soldiers.

Former ANC Youth League President Julius Malema in Carltonville at Gold Fields KDC west shaft to address striking miners on 11 September, 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - Expelled ANC Youth League (ANCYL) leader Julius Malema on Wednesday said he was not conspiring with soldiers to organise any illegal activity.

He addressed South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers at Lenasia's Recreation Centre.

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula lashed out at Malema, accusing him of being "counter-revolutionary".

The minister described the meeting as illegal.

Malema said the miners were being sidelined by the very government they put into power.

He said soldiers were fighting a different battle compared to the struggle icons of apartheid.

According to Malema, the Defence Department wasted money by paying suspended soldiers instead of putting them back to work.

The hall came alive when he took shots at President Jacob Zuma, saying the country voted for rural development and not "Nkandla development".

According to reports, a large amount of state money was used to develop and upgrade Zuma's home town of Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal.

Earlier, Malema insisted he was not tampering with the country's sovereignty as suggested by Mapisa-Nqakula.

"Why should she act like that? There is no need. She must just take a chill pill and sit down," Malema added.