Julius Malema has expressed his view on who will succeed Pres. Zuma as ANC president.
The EFF leader was addressing journalists at the EFF headquarters in Johannesburg after his party’s plenary meeting at the weekend.
Malema gave his opinion on the candidates expected to replace Pres. Zuma in December.
“Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will be president if Zuma wants her to be,” said Malema.
Juju said if she does emerge victorious it would have little to do with affirming her abilities to lead the party as its first female president.
“That thing of South Africa being ready for a female president is just rhetoric. He’s trying to sound smart, to appear like he supports women,” Malema said.
Malema went ahead to take a swipe at Dlamini-Zuma. He said if she does take over from Zuma, her task would be to protect him from facing corruption charges.
He further questioned her credibility.
“Nkosazana is corrupt, how do you accept a award from the Guptas if you are not corrupt? How do you legitimise such an illegal institution that is stealing money from our government?” asked Malema.
In 2015, Gupta-owned broadcaster ANN7 named her “South African of the Year”.
“If she says the Guptas have the right to do business, whites are against them because they are black then you know where she stands, she is part of the cartel.
“If she says they are wrong [and] the report must be investigated fully, then the premier league [a faction within the ANC consisting of premiers from the North West, Free State and Mpumalanga] will say she is going to arrest…this one,” he added.
Malema said he did not believe current deputy president of both the ANC and the country, Cyril Ramaphosa, even stood a chance.
“Cyril loves positions. It’s about himself.”
Malema accused the politician turned businessman, who later came back to politics, of being so bitter over not being elected deputy president of the party and losing out to Thabo Mbeki in 1994, that he failed to attend South Africa’s first democratic president Nelson Mandela’s inauguration.
“How can you entrust such a person with such a huge responsibility? Who thrives on ‘me and me alone’?” Malema said.