EFF president Julius Malema says voting for President Jacob Zuma will be endorsing corruption because he will use the position to continue looting public funds and enriching his family.
Addressing hundreds of supporters at Ga-Mashashane outside Polokwane in Limpopo on Monday, Malema said Zuma’s R206 million Nkandla private home was a classic example of how the president had used his position to channel public funds to his family at the expense of the poor and service delivery.
“If you vote ANC president Jacob Zuma you are endorsing him to continue to loot state funds and enrich his family,” said Malema.
“You don’t have water and electricity, and your children don’t have jobs because the old man has enriched himself and his family with your money.”
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report found that Zuma had benefited unduly from the multi-million security upgrades at his private home in northern KwaZulu-Natal.
Malema said the president should have used the money on job creation and poverty alleviation projects than his cattle kraal, spaza shop and swimming pool while the poor were suffering.
He appealed to the voters to give the EFF political power so that his party could fast track service delivery and job creation.
Malema also told villagers that social grants must be increased because they were not enough to support poor families.
“We want the social grant money to be increased because our pensioners don’t misuse that money by gambling on mchaina. We also want social grants to be increased for our sisters, because once they buy nappies it is finished and will not enable them to buy other basics,” he added.
People must know that they had the power to stop Zuma and his ANC government from undermining the poor, Malema maintained.
He urged them to vote out Zuma on August 3.
“We must say that we had enough of Zuma by voting leaders who care about people.”