The EFF leader Julius Malema has asked South Africans to set themselves up for another president after Public Protector Busi Mkhwebane announces her findings into allegations of money laundering against President Cyril Ramaphosa.
EFF pioneer Julius Malema made the comments on Tuesday while briefing the media about the planning for his party’s national elective conference in Nasrec in December.
Malema was resolved that Mkhwebane’s last report would seriously influence Ramaphosa’s activity as president, saying individuals ought to set themselves up for the presidency of David Mabuza – the deputy president.
The examinations against Ramaphosa pursued a grievance laid by DA pioneer Mmusi Maimane a year ago after reports the president got a donation of R500000 from Bosasa for his ANC presidential crusade in December 2017.
“The president is in trouble,” said Malema.
Malema’s remarks came as a Cosatu-partnered association – the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) – broke positions with its mother body which had asked Ramaphosa in May to disregard Mkhwebane’s in May to ignore Mkhwebane’s remedial action until the courts had pronounced on them.
On Tuesday, in any case, NUM secretary-general David Sipunzi turned out with regards to Mkhwebane’s office, saying: “These are the institutions that are meant to strengthen our democracy. Attacking them the way the public protector has been attacked in the recent past may just be an indication that we are not honest about being democrats. It also gives the impression that we are not equal before the law.”
Sipunzi’s comments also came while SACP first deputy secretary Solly Mapaila is involved in a legal spat with Mkhwebane over his comments that she was a “hired gun”. Mkhwebane has given Mapaila until Friday to retract his comments and formally apologise to her.
SACP spokesperson Alex Mashilo did not want to comment on Sipunzi’s remarks but said that his party had made a call for an inquiry into Mkhwebane’s fitness to hold office, saying their call was provided for in the Constitution.
In the meantime, the EFF is taking steps to approach the Constitutional Court to constrain Ramaphosa to train Public Enterprise Minister Pravin Gordhan.
Ramaphosa had just demonstrated he would sit tight for the result of Gordhan’s audit use of Mkhwebane’s healing activity in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.
Ramaphosa’s reaction had chafed Malema, who said his party was getting legitimate sentiment with the end goal of moving toward the ConCourt for a request driving Ramaphosa to consent to Mkhwebane’s “binding remedial action”.
“President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision not to act on the remedial action of the public protector in relation to Pravin Gordhan is a direct assault on a chapter nine institution, and the Constitution itself,” Malema said.