EFF and I are not tainted by the Gup­tas, says Malema

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - TEBOGO MONAMA

EFF LEADER Julius Malema says he has had no deal­ings with the Gupta fam­ily and is con­fi­dent he won’t be en­tan­gled in the saga.

Yes­ter­day, Malema said he would to­day re­lease more damn­ing in­for­ma­tion on the Gupta fam­ily and their con­nec­tion to Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma.

In an in­ter­view on in­ter­net ra­dio sta­tion, Touch HD, Malema said he or the EFF would not be im­pli­cated in the leaked Gupta emails.

A se­ries of emails show­ing how the Gup­tas in­flu­enced cab­i­net min­is­ters, the pres­i­dent and his son Duduzane Zuma have been leaked in the past few days.

The Hawks are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the source of the leak, but Malema said he has noth­ing to fear. “I am not in the emails… I am not in the Gupta phone book. They have never called me. South Africans for­get eas­ily…

“In 2011, when the ANC was launch­ing its lo­cal gov­ern­ment man­i­festo in Rusten­burg, I stood next to Zuma and said we can­not be con­trolled by a fam­ily. I went to town about it,” Malema said.

The for­mer ANC Youth League pres­i­dent – who was still in the ANC in 2011 – said in that speech he told the masses that in Polok­wane, they did not elect a fam­ily, but a party rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Zuma.

“I chal­lenged that while sit­ting next to Zuma. I was never scared of Ja­cob Zuma.

“Af­ter I said that, Duduzane called the sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the youth league and asked for a meet­ing,” Malema claims.

He fur­ther stated that when he found out the Gup­tas were ask­ing for a meet­ing, he in­formed them to write a let­ter and state what would be on the agenda.

“I have never met the Gup­tas. I don’t know the Gup­tas. They never called me. They never What­sapped me. I am not scared. I am a free soul,” he re­it­er­ated.

Malema said he was so con­fi­dent the Gupta fam­ily had noth­ing on him that he would to­day hold a me­dia con­fer­ence to re­veal the fam­ily’s ties to the state.

“I have tan­gi­ble in­for­ma­tion. None of them can take me to court. We are bring­ing tan­gi­ble in­for­ma­tion on how monies came out of state in­sti­tu­tions into the pock­ets of these peo­ple, with ev­i­dence. We are not hal­lu­ci­nat­ing.”

Malema said po­lit­i­cal vi­o­lence would es­ca­late ahead of the ANC elec­toral con­fer­ence in De­cem­ber. “If there is planned crim­i­nal­ity, we will al­ways ex­pose it. We knew there was planned crim­i­nal­ity, on (SACP leader) Solly Ma­paila, and we ex­posed it. It did not even pass 24 hours and Solly was al­most at­tacked.

“I told those close to Solly that he must not go near those who were protest­ing out­side his house. The claim would have been that the per­son who shot at him was a hobo and a fa­natic, with no man­date from any­one,” Malema said.

There was an al­leged threat on Ma­paila’s life at the Chris Hani com­mem­o­ra­tion cel­e­bra­tions ear­lier this year.

Last week, the MK Inku­l­uleko Foun­da­tion protested out­side Ma­paila’s Joburg house over his call­ing for Zuma to re­sign from of­fice.

On whether he fears for his life, Malema said he was scared of no one. “If they want to kill us they must go ahead and do it. They will not kill our ideas. Killing me is con­vert­ing me into a mar­tyr,” he added.

We will re­veal ev­i­dence of their ties to the state

PIC­TURE: BHEKIKHAYA MABASO

‘NOT SCARED’: EFF leader Julius Malema dur­ing an in­ter­view with ra­dio sta­tion Touch HD at their stu­dios in Sand­ton.

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