Julius Malema, leader of the EFF, has spoken out over former President Jacob Zuma’s imprisonment, saying it hurt his heart. Zuma is incarcerated at the Estcourt Correctional Centre in KwaZulu-Natal for 15 months for contempt of court.
After failing to attend the state capture inquiry, he was sentenced by the Constitutional Court last month. Malema told SABC News that, despite his disagreements with Zuma, he was dissatisfied with his prison sentence.
“Zuma’s arrest remains painful until today, worse for contempt of court when we have murderers who are not arrested or prosecuted,” said Malema.
“Do I want an 80-year-old in prison? Hell no. Do I want Zuma arrested? Yes. What form of arrest? House arrest because he is too old,” he added.
Malema said he does not wish any harm on his enemies, even Zuma.
“We have no prisons in SA, we have correctional services. We correct you and reintegrate you back into society,” said Malema. “How will we correct an 80-year-old and reintegrate? So Zuma is going to be a wasteful expenditure.”
Speaking on his friendship with the former president, Malema told Kaya FM that he was “never close” to Zuma. “I was never close to Zuma by the way. The first time I went to Nkandla is when I went to have tea now. I had never been to Nkandla,” said Malema.
“I never had president Zuma’s cellphone number and have never spoken to him on the cellphone. But I have got Cyril’s number and I speak to him on the phone so actually if you had to compare the relations, I am more closer with Cyril than I am to president Zuma.