The EFF on Thursday unveiled the grand plan that is being used to remove President Cyril Ramaphosa from office this year!
First, the party planned to approach the courts to compel parliament to conduct an investigation into Ramaphosa’s alleged involvement in the cover-up of about R69m stolen from his Phala Phala farm two years ago.
This according to red beret leader Julius Malema, who said this forms part of building a solid case of an impeachment against the president.
Addressing the media on Thursday, Malema announced the party was also in talks with several “progressive” organisations on planning a national shutdown that seeks to remove Ramaphosa from office.
Malema says the national shutdown, the date of which has not been set, will not be an ordinary one.
“The nature and character of the national shutdown which the EFF will partake in will not be a candle holding and white flags type of shutdown. It will be a shutdown that will communicate that enough is enough. We cannot fold our arms and do nothing when our country is being sold to the dogs,” he said.
The shutdown will also seek to call for an end to load-shedding, the reduction of fuel prices, dissolution of the Eskom board amid load-shedding, the end to privatisation on state-owned entities and removal of police minister Bheki Cele amid rampant crime.
Malema admitted it will not be easy to unseat Ramaphosa and for this reason, he said the party would do things differently and approach all political parties represented in parliament including the DA and ANC.
To have the motion of no confidence pass, the party would need 201 votes.
“We are confident that the ANC people will accept that the motion of no-confidence must be put on the president if he does not step down.”
Malema has publicly said he would never vote with the DA on any issue. Asked if he did not think approaching it would not be futile exercise given their strained relations, he responded: “If the DA decides to vote against the motion of no-confidence, then the people of SA must decide what they want, but we are not going to fold our arms when we see open violation of the laws because we think we won’t get sufficient support, history will absolve us.”
Malema slammed National Assembly speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula’s refusal to set up an ad hoc committee to probe the Phala Phala matter — he described the rejection as defence of corruption.
The request, according to him, is justified as was the case into parliament’s probe into former Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home.
“It was a parliamentary committee that went to Nkandla when we were shown the fire pool. We are not asking for something that has not been done before. We want to go to Phala Phala. We cannot hold the president to account properly if we don’t know what the bed looks like. We want to go to Phala Phala to check if those couches can hide money. There must be an inquiry.”
The president is yet to publicly explain his involvement in the theft. However, he is due to appear before the ANC’s integrity commission.
Malema, however, claims he has done so and admitted guilt.
“Ramaphosa has confessed to his caucus, his own faction, that he’s got no defence on the money, that the money was illegal and therefore he must step-down. It is alleged others said he must not resign they will defend him,” Malema said.
Spokesperson for the ANC caucus in parliament Pemmy Majodina could not be reached for comment on the claims made by Malema at the time of publishing.
Malema further charged Ramaphosa had no reason not to answer because he has not been charged and could not hide behind the matter being in court (sub judice).
“The president has got no answer and has made that confession and there is a faction that feels that if he leaves, they are going to be a collateral damage.”