The streets of Tshwane will be shutdown on November 2 to defend democracy and stop alleged “state capture” by the controversial Gupta family, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said on Thursday.

Julius Malema advised businesses to shut down on the day when Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan appears in the Pretoria Regional Court on charges of fraud.

“The EFF has already submitted an application for a protest action in Tshwane and has been approved. The EFF calls on all South Africans of all creed, from all religious backgrounds, all strata, and all races to unite in the struggle for free education, defence of South Africa’s democracy and against state capture,” Malema told reporters in Johannesburg.

The people of South Africa must stand united against the “Zuma and Gupta nonsense”, which is corruptly robbing South Africa of its needed scarce resources and failing to provide free education to deserving students, he said.


Malema said Abrahams’ (NPA boss) charges were “a concoction” and can’t be in the public interest.

“Shaun acted under pressure and not in the best interest of justice, that is why he said will review the case if Gordhan made representations … why would he do that if he had a watertight case? And Shaun wants us to take him serious? We will take him seriously when he charges Zuma with the outstanding 700 charges,” Malema said.

“The judge said charge Zuma and he is running away from that by charging minister with flimsy fraud charges.”

However, Malema said the ANC veterans could not be trusted anymore. “One moment they call for Zuma to go, and the next moment they encourage people to vote the ANC … they do not know what they want.”

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