Julius Malema has made a damning submission in parliament.
Malema issued a stern warning to President Cyril Ramaphosa, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu in parliament on Wednesday.
Responding to Ramaphosa’s budget vote, Malema warned Ramaphosa against disrespecting chapter 9 institutions if he wanted to avoid walking down the same path as former president Jacob Zuma. He advised him to do right by one particular chapter 9 institution – the public protector’s office.
Ramaphosa has filed an affidavit in support of Gordhan’s bid to stop the implementation of Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s remedial action following her report on the “rogue unit”.
But the EFF leader warned it was this kind of behaviour on the part of the president that would make life difficult for him in parliament. He said Gordhan should have followed in the footsteps of Deputy President David Mabuza by stepping aside until his name was cleared.
“What kind of a president are you, who when presented with hardcore evidence of the most dangerous activities you still don’t act? The reality is that the rogue unit was not started with a directive of any sitting president and did not report to him. This means whoever they reported to was as powerful, if not more than a sitting president.
“We’re going to use this parliament to put pressure on you and your friends who are coming from the cabal to respect the chapter 9 institution. I don’t care who occupies that office, it must be respected. If Pravin respected you and the “new dawn”, he would do what Mabuza did and step aside until his name is cleared. Give him that advice in your caucuses. You even join in interdicting the remedial action of the public protector in protection of an individual against the chapter 9 institution. When the country and parliament degenerate, you’ll have yourself to blame.
“Mr. President, like Zuma you’ll begin to hate this parliament and do everything in your power to stay away from it simply because you want to protect an individual against the chapter 9 institution,” he said.