‘Malema could face same fate as Boeremag treason trialists’

Jackson Mthembu described the EFF as believing itself to be above the law.

FILE: ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - African National Congress Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu has warned Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema that he could face the same fate as the Boeremag treason trialists.

Mthembu insisted that neither of two damning court judgments against President Jacob Zuma had determined that he should either step down or be removed.

He said calls for Zuma to go were rather based on a deep-seated desire to bypass democracy to gain political power by some in this house.

Mthembu called on South Africans to accept the judgments but to isolate those abusing them for ulterior political ends.

Mthembu reminded the house of the right-wing grouping known as the Boeremag, who were behind eight bombs going off in Soweto in 2002, and were jailed for up to 30 years after a long trial.

"We want to sound a stern warning to those who think they can tamper with our democratic dispensation and hard-won peace and stability. We also want to sound a stern warning to those who think they can commit acts of sabotage and foment civil war that the Boeremag fate shall be theirs and prison shall be their home. Honourable Malema… when this happens, do not say we didn't warn you."

Mthembu described the EFF as believing itself to be above the law.