Zuma :Malema used to say ‘I will die for Zuma’. How can you trust him?
Can Julius Malema be trusted by voters when he once promised that he would die for President Jacob Zuma?
This was the question Zuma asked in Ikageng township outside Potchefstroom during his election campaign trail in the North West earlier today.
Zuma was referring to the days when Malema fiercely defended the president before he was expelled by the governing party.
“He used to say ‘I will die for Zuma’. How do you trust now that he means what he says?” Zuma asked.
Is a third term for Zuma a possibility? Malema thinks so
President Jacob Zuma wants to be president for a third term, and nobody will be able to stop him, his former protégé and Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema cautioned today.
“If he wants to be president for the third time, he will be president because everybody is too scared to oppose him,” Malema told a full house at the Daily Maverick’s The Gathering in Midrand.
Zuma was “suppressing” talk about succession ahead of the party’s 2017 elective conference, as well as songs about new leaders. Malema said this was because he was “scared of going to prison”, and the only way to avoid it was to become president again.
“Jacob Zuma is like a man going in now, not going out,” Malema said, citing Zuma’s alleged taking over of state institutions as evidence that he was consolidating his power.
Zuma has been ANC president since 2007 and the country’s president since 2009.
According to the Constitution, he has to step down after the next general elections, in 2019. Nothing but convention stops Zuma from becoming the ANC’s president for a third time.