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Malema: We will teach Zuma and Mbete a lesson

EFF leader Julius Malema says this year the EFF will make sure Zuma pays back the money for Nkandla.

FILE: EFF leader Julius Malema says this year the EFF will make sure Zuma pays back the money for Nkandla. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says this year the EFF will make sure President Jacob Zuma pays back the money for Nkandla.

Malema held a press conference at the EFF's headquarters in Braamfontein today.

He touched on various issues affecting South Africa and the continent.

Last year, Malema asked Zuma directly when he would pay back the money spent on upgrading his KwaZulu-Natal homestead.

The Nkandla upgrades came under heavy criticism in a report by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela in March last year.

Madonsela's report said Zuma had "benefited unduly" from some of the upgrades, which included a cattle enclosure and amphitheatre, and should pay back some of the costs of the unnecessary renovations.

The firebrand politician says the EFF will see Zuma during the State of the Nation Address (Sona) and ask him to pay back the money.

"The 'Zuma pay back the money' will happen straight during the opening of Parliament. We have to hold him accountable. This 'pay back the money' is not about Nkandla but it's about accountability and corruption."

Malema added that if they don't get an answer his party will sit on the question for the next five years.

"We are going to ask Zuma to answer before he starts with Sona when he takes to the podium. When we hold the president accountable, it will set as an example to other South Africans that corruption will not be tolerated."

He argued that National Assembly Chairperson, Baleka Mbete, and the president don't have the interest of the country at heart.

"They are arrogant and we are going to teach them the majority's arrogance will not work with the EFF. We are not scared."

ON THE AFRICAN UNION

He also lambasted the African Union (AU) for its slow response to African issues such as the Boko Haram's insurgence in Nigeria.

"The AU is toothless and is led by a wife of a toothless president."

The politician also lambasted the Nigerian government for its slow response to the terrorist group's attacks.

"Why can't the Nigerian government aggressively be attending to Boko Haram? I don't understand. We need decisive intervention. We need the same intervention as against Muammar Gaddafi."

Malema said Parliament needs to debate over whether South Africa should intervene in Nigeria.

ON ESKOM

Malema also lashed out at Zuma's suggestion that apartheid is responsible for Eskom's inability to keep the lights on blaming the ANC for a "lack of planning"

He slammed the ANC-led government for shifting blame to apartheid.

Malama says the ruling party should have planned better 20 years ago.

"Apartheid wasn't there when we took the decision to build Medupi Power Station so it's not apartheid that delayed the completion of the station, but it's the incapacity of the current leadership."

ON LAND EXPROPRIATION

The EFF's policy on land reform once again came into the spotlight during the briefing.

Malema says people must identify potential land for farming for both public and community benefit.

"The EFF will expropriate land and the president will pay for it."

Malema added that they will not support the compensation for land. "It's cowardly of the ANC to reward the criminals."

Last year, he said the fact that white people kept their land for 20 years after democracy is compensation enough.