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Malema: ANC is inciting violence

The EFF leader says the president should not be immune to questioning.

EFF leader Julius Malema. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

PRETORIA - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has accused the African National Congress (ANC) of attempting to incite violence against any person who dares to question President Jacob Zuma.

Malema was responding to questions outside the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria earlier today where his tax sequestration matter was extended until 1 December.

Last week, he and EFF MPs disrupted proceedings in the National Assembly when they demanded Zuma pay back the money spent on upgrades to his private Nkandla home in KwaZulu-Natal.

Malema says the ANC has threatened to attack his party's members following Thursday's incident.

"A ruling party is going to respond to an innocent question on when is Zuma paying the money and they respond to that through violence."

The EFF leader says ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe's comments about Western Cape police not acting against his party in the National Assembly are deeply concerning.

"Mantashe believes in giving political instructions to police. That's not how police should work."

He described attempts by the ANC to shut down debate on Nkandla as similar to tactics employed by the apartheid regime.

"That's what de Klerk did, that's what Botha did. When the people demanded their freedom, they were met with violence. The ANC is using the same tactics."

Malema says what the country witnessed on Thursday is just a prelude to what his party will do to ensure accountability.

MALEMA TO LODGE COMPLAINT WITH SARS

The controversial politician says he plans to lodge a complaint with the South African Revenue Service (Sars) following reports that the organisation is investigating the origin of the money used to settle his tax debt.

Malema says he was disappointed when he saw fresh reports about his tax affairs.

A Sars official was quoted as confirming investigations were underway into the source of his funds.

"I thought Sars and I had moved past that stage where we leak issues to the media and assault the character of a person through the media."

Malema says he will lodge a formal complaint.

"I can't hear about investigations about me through the media. If they want to know where the money comes from they must ask me."

At the same time, the controversial politician has dismissed as lies reports that his outstanding tax debt is being paid by a cigarette smuggler.

He says his tax debt of at least R16 million is being paid by his supporters via a trust.