Malema: We will make Zuma answer us

Cape Town - Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema promised on Thursday that the party “will get Zuma to come to the parliamentary committee to answer” for the Nkandla upgrades.

Speaking at a news conference after Thursday’s chaos in the National Assembly when party MPs refused to leave after being ordered out by Speaker Baleka Mbete, Malema said the party will “not make him [Zuma] forget”.

"We remember Guptagate. We know what happened there. We know what happened to Nkandla -  where [Public Protector Thuli Madonsela] said he must pay back the money," Malema said.

Malema said Parliament must hold members of the executive accountable and said it had been “useless for 20 years”.

"How do we get a parliamentary system that holds the executive to account in a more efficient way? Not what's been happening since 1994," he said to reporters.

Malema said the party wants a meeting with the “leader of government business”.

EFF standing their ground

"They hide behind point of order. They hide behind 'the matter is in committee’," he said.

Members of the EFF earlier stood their ground and refused to leave Parliament after being ordered to do so by Mbete.

An hour after being ordered to leave the House, EFF MPs were still sitting in their benches chanting and singing.
 
Malema was not happy with Zuma's reply to a question about when he was going to "pay back" part of the money spent on the R246m security upgrades to his private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.

"I will throw you out of the house if you don't listen," Mbete shouted at EFF members, who responded by chanting "pay back the money".

Mbete eventually had to suspend proceedings and call in security to remove the EFF members.

While Zuma and MPs from other political parties left the chamber, EFF members remained, still chanting "pay back the money", and insisting they would not budge.

EFF chief Whip Floyd Shivambu shouted at Mbete: "You won't remove us."

Akhenaten 2014-08-21 05:19:02 PM
Mac still has to fabricate an answer, give it time.
Nzwandile Gadlela Zwaizo 2014-08-21 05:21:47 PM
That is why I'm voted for you boy coz DA is asking good questions but zuma does not give them a right answer so now we need a radical approach *Asijiki*
Piet van Schalkwyk 2014-08-21 05:28:36 PM
I ONE HUNDRED PERCENT DONT AGREE WITH THE POLICIES AND BEHAVIOUR OF THE EFF BUT I KIND OF LIKE WHAT THEY ARE DOING,FOR THE FIRST TIME SOMEONE REALLY STAND UP TO NUMBER ONE,ALL THE COMMITTEES SET UP,TALKS,TV,NEWSPAPERS COMMENTS,COUNTED FOR NOTHING BECAUSE THE MAJORITY OF THE ANC ALWAYS WINS WHEN SOMETHING HAS TO BE DECIDED,maybe this is the only language that number one understands.
André Potgieter 2014-08-21 05:29:15 PM
News24 should pay attention to it's "pro" EFF leanings.
Maluxion Nketle 2014-08-21 05:33:19 PM
I don't support malema but I like what he is doing,this thing of sugar coating issues,brushing Zuma when questioning him about important matters like this should come to an end.Though EFF's efforts for zumaks countability on nkandla will count for almost nothing here,atleast someone is brave enough to face Zuma and tell him "sir you are corrupt and we need our money back.Thank you EFF.
Joe Smith 2014-08-21 05:33:20 PM
He'getting fatter and fatter and now KFC dunked chicken wings are back, he's going to give Jimmy Abbott a run for his money
Mike Heyns 2014-08-21 05:34:18 PM
Why can number one not answer the questions straight? For heavens sake, is he supposed to be a president with a voice? Or must others always answer on his behalf????
Mageba 2014-08-21 05:36:11 PM
Zindala zombili! Kaz' iyozala nkomoni...
Amlino Jivan 2014-08-21 05:37:08 PM
U go boy....make him pay
Janine Filmer 2014-08-21 05:38:01 PM
I am by no means a fan of either Julius or the eff and I don't think that his performance in parliament was necessarily a good thing but, so help me, a little bit of me was cheering him on.