Despite President Jacob Zuma’s plea for respect and unity in Parliament on Thursday, the EFF says it will still continue to challenge him without fear and any regard of his age.
Responding to Zuma reply to the State of the Nation Address (Sona) debate, the EFF’s Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said if the President and Speaker Baleka Mbethe feel that they are too old, then they should step aside and find old age homes where their ageism can find meaningless expression.
“He went at length to mention his age as some standard by which members of parliament should afford him respect.
“We wish to remind Zuma that as the EFF we have no respect for him, regardless of how old he may be and we regard him as an illegitimate and discredited leader who has no right to be standing in the National Assembly and pronounce on any matters of our state and the world,” Ndlozi said.
He said they will not accept anyone to impose themselves on us or the country and demand respect on the basis of their age.
“Ageism is the number one demon of any human progress and it has no place in politics and parliament.”
In his plea, Zuma said being in Parliament was not a means to satisfy one’s own feelings, but to represent the electorate.
During the two day-long Sona debate this week, Zuma came under severe attacks, especially from the main opposition parties in the DA and the EFF, who labeled him an “illegitimate” president.
DA leader, Mmusi Maimane said Zuma had distanced himself from the country, and was residing in a place called “Planet Zuma”, while the EFF’s Julius Malema spoke about the president’s previous public controversies, some of which were personal .-email@example.com