EFF leader Julius Malema has confirmed that they were talking to individual ANC MPs in an effort to unseat President Jacob Zuma and his allies following his unpopular decision to axe Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas.
Pres. Zuma wielded the axe on Thursday night, replacing Gordhan and Jonas with Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba and ANC MP Sfiso Buthelezi, respectively.
“Zuma has captured Treasury. It means the Guptas has captured Treasury. He has achieved what he wanted to achieve with Des van Rooyen,” said Malema.
The EFF leader went on to make more shocking revelations on the new finance minister.
Malema characterised Gigaba as “corrupt to the core”, saying there were allegations against him that the Guptas, Zuma’s close friends, had bought a house for him.
Malema said Gigaba had also not dismissed past allegations against him that he had an offshore bank account.
“You have just took Treasury and placed it at the gates of Saxonwold Shebeen. Malusi lives beyond his means, his lifestyle gives him away that he’s got an extra income,” said Malema.
The much-criticised Cabinet reshuffle, said Malema, was about factional battles within the ANC.
The EFF would do everything to fight Zuma and didn’t rule out the possibility of going out “to the streets”, said Malema. He commended Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa for coming out publicly against Gordhan’s and Jonas’s axing.