With pressure mounting on newly elected ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa to remove President Jacob Zuma from office to avoid two centers of power between Luthuli House and the Union Buildings, EFF leader Julius Malema says he believes Zuma will be recalled before the end of this year.
In an interview with Energy FM on Monday morning, Malema claimed Zuma would only voluntarily step down from office should he be granted immunity from the slew of state capture and corruption allegations he faces.
“I don’t think that the ANC will keep Zuma until the end of this year. There are talks already happening and his condition is that he must be given immunity and his family,” Malema said.
He said the EFF would take the ANC to court should the governing party grant Zuma “immunity”. In December last year, the Constitutional Court handed down judgment that the National Assembly had failed to put in place proper rules regulating a procedure for section 89(1) of the Constitution, which deals with the removal of the president from office.
The highest court in the land ordered parliament to make such rules without delay following legal action by the EFF along with other opposition parties represented in parliament.
“If they decide to give Zuma immunity we will take them to court again and we will win. Our law doesn’t recognize giving people immunity. We will charge him and he will be arrested,” Malema said.
The EFF leader also slammed Ramaphosa’s leadership, saying he did not think the deputy president would be able to unite the ANC.
“We are not formed on the basis of anti-Jacob Zuma. We are an organization advancing the call for our 7 non-negotiable Cardinal Pillars. Cyril Ramaphosa doesn’t have potential to unite the ANC.
“The ANC is sick to the core. Placing a healthy head on an ailing body will result in the head being sick. That conference [ANC 54th national conference] was a concussion,” he said.