Julius Malema hasn’t just put the cat amongst the pigeons – he’s dropped a lion in a birdcage, here. The EFF leader was in bullish mood after his assault trial was pushed back to July. However, despite being in the dock himself this week, Juju was keen to focus the spotlight back on DCJ Raymond Zondo and his dealings with ex-President Jacob Zuma.
Julius Malema in court
Malema emerged from the Randburg Magistrate’s Court with a bone to pick. His court case was postponed, following two days where not a great deal was established. Tuesday’s proceedings were dogged by contradictory claims, before a four-month hiatus was declared by the judge on Wednesday. The 40-year-old was keen to shift attention elsewhere.
Referring to his infamous tea date with Jacob Zuma, Julius Malema explained that he wasn’t particularly friendly with uBaba. Instead, he claims the ‘high noon at Nkandla’ was a fact-finding mission – and he learned something about Zondo.
Did DCJ Zondo meet with Jacob Zuma?
According to Malema, the head of the State Capture Inquiry held discussions with the former head of state about ‘matters of national interest’. The EFF leader was puzzled by this allegation, before saying ‘he would not disclose’ other bombshells with the media. Whatever substance lies behind this new campaign against Mr. Zondo, Juju won’t let this one go quietly.
“Listen, I don’t have a relationship with Jacob Zuma. I only met him to discuss matters of national interest. Zondo, a judge, has gone to the house of politicians to meet them, one-on-one. No judge should be doing that. Even in his own admission, the DCJ says he went to talk with the former president.”
“These matters must be discussed publicly, not exclusively. Why can’t Zondo tell us what was discussed? Nobody controls my diary. Not even my wife. I meet who I want to meet, if it is in the best interests of our country – then I will do it.”
— eNCA (@eNCA) March 10, 2021