Malema Compares Ramaphosa To A Gangster: “He’s What We Thought Zuma Was”
President Cyril Ramaphosa, according to EFF leader Julius Malema, is a morally bankrupt leader with questionable ethics who is “what we thought [Jacob] Zuma was.”
Malema slammed Ramaphosa, saying he did not deserve a second term and had demonstrated that he was unfit to lead the country in governance and in his personal capacity.
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“There is not a single thing since Ramaphosa that he has done right. The economy is lagging, the price of petrol is too high, the price of food is too high. Since he became president millions of our people have lost jobs after he said he is going to create jobs,” said Malema at the closing of the red berets’ conference on Sunday in Mpumalanga.
Malema told newly elected EFF leaders in the province that the people of Mpumalanga were looking forward to the outcome of their conference.
“They do not care who is the leader, all they care about is do you have the solution for the unemployment facing our people, do you have solutions to poverty levels that our people are subjected to, how are you going to provide water and reliable sanitation and ensure that all schools have got flushing toilets and the classrooms and staff rooms are in good condition.”
Malema went on to say that people were concerned about the state of health facilities “because health facilities have collapsed throughout Mpumalanga.”
“There is no longer public health in Mpumalanga. All those who are sick only go to hospital to pass away. The hospitals of Mpumalanga have actually become mortuaries instead of becoming places where we are healthy people,” he said.
CIC @Julius_S_Malema addressing delegates at the 3rd Mpumalanga #EFFProvincialPeoplesAssembly
-Our people want to know how you are going to deal with issues of Health Facilities because the whole of Mpumalanga, the Health Facilities have collapsed. pic.twitter.com/PutpxV8bY4
— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) September 18, 2022
He lambasted Ramaphosa for vowing to wean the Mpumalanga economy off its reliance on coal for energy.
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“The president of SA went to international conferences and signed an agreement that SA will do away with coal. We will no longer use coal, meaning all those mines in Mpumalanga that have been created and … jobs are going to be closed.
“Yet you have a province of the ANC in Mpumalanga which survives through coal. Great economy! Go and meet and say we want this president who wants to close our mines for the second term because indeed we want the president to close these mines because we want the community of Mpumalanga to suffer,” said Malema.
Malema also used the Phala Phala scandal to demonstrate his firm belief that Ramaphosa did not deserve a second term.
“Law abiding citizens, when something is stolen they open a case. It is only gangsters who go and steal drugs and hide them. And when they are stolen they can’t open a case, they organise each other. That is what we saw when the mattress money went missing.”
He accused the president of acting like a gangster when he discovered the money had been stolen and used state resources to recover it.
“Law abiding citizens, when something is stolen they open a case. It is only gangsters who go and steal drugs and hide them. And when they are stolen they can’t open a case, they organise each other. That is what we saw when the mattress money went missing.,
“Even Zuma, the man we thought was corrupt has never used the police to go and chase after those who stole his goats and cattle, but here you have a man who is more educated than Zuma … who is supposed to know the law he violates.”
He told newly elected EFF leaders and members in Mpumalanga gathered at the conference that the ANC was abandoning “our people for palace politics” and encouraged them to do the opposite.
“Mpumalanga is a well known province of corruption and potholes, when they speak about potholes Mpumalanga is the first province that comes into our heads. They [ANC] only think about themselves and those around them. So we hope when the SG [Marshall Dlamini] says you were working the whole night, the night after your arrival and you are still working now, you continue with that work ethic,” he said.
Chairperson Collen Sedibe, deputy chairperson Rhulani Qhibi, secretary Jackson Malatjie, deputy secretary Ntsako Mkhabela, and treasurer Nomaswazi Nkambule comprise the EFF’s elected provincial command team.
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