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Malema urges ANC members to speak out against corruption, poor leadership

Malema has urged the ANC members to not allow fear govern them and to speak out against Zuma.

EFF leader Julius Malema addresses the media following the Constitutional Court's ruling that President Jacob Zuma must pay back some of the money spent on upgrades to his Nkandla homestead. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has encouraged the African National Congress (ANC) Members of Parliament (MPs) to express themselves and speak out against corruption and poor leadership within the ruling party.

Malema said the EFF feels vindicated by yesterday's Constitutional Court ruling ordering President Jacob Zuma to pay back the money spent on his KwaZulu-Natal home.

Zuma has been given 105 days to pay back a reasonable portion of the money spent on upgrades to his Nkandla home.

Malema said it is saddening, however, that Parliament attempted to shield the president from legal recourse for so long.

He said MPs within the ruling party should join efforts to have Zuma impeached.

"You're just a mere ordinary member; express yourself. Do not allow the fear to govern you. This is an opportunity for members of the ANC say 'enough is enough'. It's an opportunity for South Africans to say to the ANC 'if you don't recall him, we'll go to the streets.'"

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Zuma has survived many scandals in his political career, but some political analysts are speculating that the Nkandla scandal could be his undoing.

Analyst Daniel Silke says an opposition attempt to get the President impeached is unlikely to succeed.

"It might well go the same way as the motions of no confidence with the ANC at least closing ranks even if it is in the short-term."

More possible, he says, is that the ANC could negotiate an exit strategy for the President, but the party will have to weigh up the risk of doing this in an election year.

University of Johannesburg Professor Mcebisi Ndletyana said Zuma could get the boot.

"And if the ANC doesn't do anything, if it doesn't act against president Zuma, it means that they tolerate his misbehaviour."

Analyst Ralph Mathekga added Zuma's presidency has been costly for the ANC.

"The cost of the ANC to maintain Zuma is going to be higher and higher."

The ANC's top six was expected to discuss the court's judgment last night.