Malema urges business owners to support mass march in November

The EFF leader has called on business owners in Tshwane to shut their doors on 2 November.

EFF leader Julius Malema addresses the media at a press conference at the party’s head office in Johannesburg on 13 October 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has called on business owners in Tshwane to shut their doors on 2 November when Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will appear in court on fraud charges.

His party is planning a mass protest in the city, calling for free quality education, and on National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Shaun Abrahams to step down.

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Malema held a media briefing at the EFF's headquarters in Braamfontein this afternoon.

But he was served with a summons.

He faces two charges for contravening the Riot Act for land grab comments made while campaigning in KwaZulu-Natal this year and comments made in 2014 in Bloemfontein.

Malema says South Africa has been reduced to a banana republic by the African National Congress (ANC) and all attempts to save the country by the ANC will be futile.

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He has called on all South Africans, irrespective of political affiliation, to take a stand on 2 November and join the EFF protest, which among other demands will be calling on the government to provide free quality higher learning education from next year.

"Jacob Zuma must immediately step down as president and head of state. The Gupta family must be disconnected from all State contracts and must immediately leave the country. Shaun Abrahams, the National Director of Public Prosecutions of Zuma, must immediately step down as head of the NPA."

Malema says the application by the EFF for the protest in Tshwane has been approved.

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