Malema urges 'honourable' ministers to resign if Gordhan is sacked

Malema says Pravin Gordhan should not resign but rather let President Jacob Zuma fire him.

FILE: Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says should Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan get fired all honourable ministers should resign as a sign of solidarity to defend South Africa.

Malema held a media briefing in Braamfontein yesterday, discussing a range of issues from the ongoing #FeesMustFall protests to the charges against himself and those against Gordhan, as well as commenting on the new Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.

Malema says the EFF plans to protest in Tshwane on 2 November, in support of calls for free higher education, the defence of the South African democracy and against state capture.

He says Gordhan should not succumb to the pressure and resign but rather let President Jacob Zuma fire him should it come to that.

"And when Pravin Gordhan is fired, all those who claim to be leaders, who fought for this democracy and freedom in that Cabinet, they must resign."

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Malema adds once that happens ministers should rally behind Gordhan.

"Jeremy Cronin must resign. Mcebisi Jonas has been threatening to resign and he must do so. Aaron Motsoaledi must resign because they claim to be moralists.

"Angie Motshekga must resign, Naledi Pandor must resign in solidarity with Pravin and say there's nothing wrong he has done."

Malema says those who are approached to become ministers should refuse to work for a Cabinet he says is controlled by the Gupta family.

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CALL FOR BUSINESS OWNERS TO SHUT DOORS

Malema has called on business owners in Tshwane to shut their doors on 2 November when Gordhan will appear in court on fraud charges.

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.

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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SHOCKED BY SUMMONS

The NPA said its head of the Priority Crimes Litigation Unity, Torie Pretorius, took this decision and that Malema knew he was breaking the law because he offered to pay his members' legal fees.

The NPA says Pretorius had consulted with the prosecutorial heads in the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal before making this decision.

But Malema says he's not worried.

"All those who are seen to be opponents, an alternative voice must be suppressed through state institutions. But with me, they've met their match."

Meanwhile, Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution's Lawson Naidoo says it's bizarre that Malema is being charged under the Riotous Assembly Act that was signed into law by the governor general in 1956.

"It's an apartheid-era piece of legislation being executed with apartheid-era policing tactics."