In a moment that gave the young opposition party much ironic pleasure On Saturday at the Vodacom Durban July, cameras captured President Jacob Zuma appearing on the big screen with a giant EFF flag above him in the sky.
The EFF had hired a plane to fly the banner around Durban’s skies ahead of the August 3 municipal elections.
The party’s tweet joked that parliamentary Speaker Baleka Mbete was not there to help him, in a reference to the many times that the EFF had been thrown out of the National Assembly when interrupting the president’s speeches. They have declared on numerous occasions that they do not consider Zuma a legitimate president and so refuse to be addressed by him.
Earlier, they had made their argument that they would not let him speak until he had “paid back the money” for Nkandla.
EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi had told reporters over the weekend that the 7.8 million Treasury determined that Zuma should repay for nonsecurity upgrades at his home in Nkandla, including a pool, amphitheatre, cattle kraal and chicken run, was not enough. He added, though, that by paying the amount, in his party’s view that was equal to “admitting guilt”, and that he knowingly benefited from corruption.
EFF leader Julius Malema also attended the July with his wife, but it’s unlikely he crossed paths with Zuma.
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, in her report Secure in Comfort, which was the basis of the president needing to repay the money, stopped shorting of making a finding that President Zuma asked for any of the nonsecurity upgrades to be done. As a result, his repayment of the money is unlikely to lead to any prosecution. However, the 783 corruption charges against that were controversially dropped ahead of him being sworn in as president will have to be reinstated after he and the National Prosecuting Authority lost their high court request for leave to appeal against a ruling that the so-called spy tapes were not evidence of too much political meddling in Zuma’s corruption case.
It is likely that Zuma will petition the Supreme Court of Appeal in the hopes of changing this finding. This weekend, the DA said he should “man up” and have his day in court.
“Zuma is not trustworthy and therefore he must resign…there is no other way.”-Nldozi
The recent behaviour by EFF MPs in Parliament forms part of a process to delegitimise President Jacob Zuma, party spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said on Wednesday morning.
Speaking during a radio interview on Power FM, Ndlozi said they believe that it can’t be business as usual to normalise an abnormal situation.
“President Zuma has already confessed that he did wrong to ignore the remedial action and report of the Public Protector, and if he was an ordinary South African, he would have been long fired.
“We are in a process of delegitimising him as a President because we don’t believe he is a President anymore,” said Ndlozi.
Responding to the walkout from the National Assembly (NA) during the first day of the State of the Nation Address (Sona) debate on Tuesday, Ndlozi said this was to say that they are not going to accord Zuma the same attention and respect, that needs to be accorded to a sitting President.
“We went to Parliament to explain to South Africans why we did what we did and why we are not going to participate normally in the debate because we don’t think that he is a legitimate President and he should actually resign,” Ndlozi said.
He said Zuma was at the centre of the problems faced by the country.
“If he genuienly believes in resolving the problems of this country, he must step down because he single-handedly dropped the value of the rand in relation to any currency in the world, lower than it was under the global financial crisis as well as lower than it was when apartheid was isolated by the rest of the world.