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Malema says EFF’s fight with Gordhan is against corruption

Among the complaints Julius Malema has laid against Pravin Gordhan, are racketeering and money laundering.

EFF leader Julius Malema outside Brooklyn police station addressing his supporters. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN

PRETORIA – Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says their fight against the Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan is a fight against corruption.

Malema made the comments while addressing supporters outside the Brooklyn police station where he's laid criminal complaints against the minister.

WATCH: 'You push me, I push back' - Malema opens case against Gordhan

Gordhan was at that same police station on Monday where he laid complaints against Malema and his deputy Floyd Shivambu.

Among the complaints Malema has laid against Gordhan, are racketeering and money laundering.

Malema says these relate to a bank account in Canada in which taxpayers were allegedly told to deposit funds into in order to make their difficulties with the South African Revenue Service go away.

“I said to the police, I’ve got a list of people who were told to put the money and given an account. I’ve got a list of the people who have put the money into the account. They are prepared to speak on condition that you offer them an indemnity.”

The EFF leader stressed that their fight with Gordhan is not a fight with Indians.

Malema says his party's fight against Gordhan is not a fight against Indians and he's urged members not to attack Indians in the name of Gordhan.

He says the red berets are doing what’s expected of them by standing up to corruption and going after the public enterprises minister.

“Our fight against Pravin should never be confused to be a fight against Indians. It’s a fight against corruption. Don’t go around attacking Indians in the name of Pravin.”

Malema has seemingly taken to heart being described as a bully and a racist, saying that the media house that published such claims is now banned from attending party events.

He says the decision was brought about by the publication adopting what he calls “a political position”.

MALEMA: 'I RESPECT INQUIRY INTO STATE CAPTURE'

Malema has rejected claims that he's intimidated witnesses at the Zondo commission, saying the inquiry will not stop him from criticising politicians.

The EFF leader was responding to allegations that he's intimidated Gordhan by attacking him at a gathering outside the Zondo commission last week.

Malema says he respects the state capture commission of inquiry.

“It must do its work uninterrupted and no one should intimidate witnesses before the commission.”

However, he says the state capture commission does not mean an end to politics in South Africa.

“And therefore no one, not even the Zondo commission, can stop us from criticising politicians. Pravin as he appears at the Zondo commission, he doesn’t seize to be a politician.”

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo addressed the commission in Parktown earlier on Tuesday, warning intimidation of witnesses will not be tolerated.

MALEMA DEFENDS CALLING GORDHAN A ‘DOG’

Malema has defended calling Gordhan a dog, saying it’s not unusual for politicians to call each other animal names.

He described his use of language as political talk which he says - if done away with - will make politics boring.

“Like a biology lecture, there should be a difference between a lecture room and a political platform. Calling a fellow politician a dog is no hate at all.”

Malema says politicians should be free to express themselves.

“It’s not unheard of for politicians to call each other with names of animals.”

Gordhan has reported Malema to the Equality Court and has accused him of inciting racial hatred.

At the same time, Gordhan has issued a statement saying Malema and Shivambu’s actions are a flagrant abuse of the criminal justice system.

The minister says the so-called charge sheet drafted by the EFF is baseless and contains a set of lies, fake news and fabrications.

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)

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