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EFF threatens to disrupt this year’s Sona

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Malema has expressed confidence that none of the EFF’s leaders would be found to be implicated in any of the corruption scandals being revealed before the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema. File Photo: Itumeleng English/African News Agency (ANA)

The EFF has warned that it will once again disrupt the State of the Nation Address, like it has done on previous occasions, but this time it wanted President Cyril Ramaphosa to come clean about the R500 000 his son, Andile, had received from Bosasa.

When asked about the funds in Parliament by DA leader Mmusi Maimane last year, Ramaphosa initially said the payment was a legitimate transaction because his son had a contract with Bosasa, only to retract this later and say the money was a donation towards his campaign for ANC presidency which he did not know about.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, EFF leader Julius Malema said: “Ramaphosa, as the president of the Republic, must call an open press conference and take the country into confidence about his dealings with Bosasa. “This must be a press conference in which journalists will be able to ask open questions. His explanation in Parliament regarding Bosasa has exposed him as having lied since both his son and Bosasa contradicted him,” he said.

Malema has expressed confidence that none of the EFF’s leaders would be found to be implicated in any of the corruption scandals being revealed before the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture.

The party was yesterday weighing in for the first time on explosive allegations made by former Bosasa chief operating officer Angelo Agrizzi in his testimony at the commission that the facilities management company has for years been keeping top ANC politicians in its pockets through bribes, in exchange for lucrative contracts and political protection.

“We can confidently and unashamedly say of VBS, of Bosasa, of the Guptas … you will not find the leadership of the EFF anywhere. I know that you looked for us everywhere. That is why we kept quiet. We did not want to disturb you in your investigation. We kept quiet throughout to give you sufficient time to even go to the archives of Bosasa,” Malema said.

Malema called on all those implicated by Agrizzi’s testimony to be removed from cabinet and Parliament, including Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane. Mokonyane has allegedly been receiving monthly bribes of R50 000 in cash from the company for more than a decade, on top of other annual gifts including expensive alcohol and meat.

– Siviwe Feketha