POLOKWANE – “South Africa is in an economic crisis that is deepening because of politicians that refuse to listen,” Shivambu said. “We told them so many times and said let’s us take the mines in order to benefit the whole of South African society.”
Shivambu made the remarks while addressing about 500 EFF members at the night vigil held at Jack Botes Hall. Shivambu used the event to lash out at President Jacob Zuma and National Assembly Baleka Mbete.
“They are passing all sorts of rules in Parliament to stop the EFF,” Shivambu told EFF members. “We want to tell them that we are ready for them. “We are ready for anything that is going to happen in Parliament.
“But a simple message we can send to them is that we are not scared of them.” Last week Parliament adopted new rules that will see disruptive MPs physically removed from the house by members of Parliament’s protection services.
Shivambu said South Africa has been turned into a police state.He said the EFF intention was to wrestle power from the ANC in all municipalities in the upcoming local government elections.
Malema, On-Point Engineers directors Lesiba Gwangwa and Kagiso Dichabe and the two companies, On-Point Engineers and Gwama Properties, are facing charges of racketeering and 52 other counts, including fraud.
In March last year, corruption charges against Malema’s business associates-Selby Manthatha, his wife Helen Moreroa and his brother Makgetsi Manthath were dropped.
The two brothers and Moreroa were initially charged with Malema, Gwangwa and Dichabe in September 2012. They were accused of misrepresenting themselves to the Limpopo roads and transport department, leading to a R52 million contract being awarded to On-Point Engineers.
It is alleged in court papers Malema had business ties with Gwangwa and Malema’s Ratanang Family Trust was an indirect shareholder at On-Point. The state allegeds Malema used part of the tender payment to On-Point to buy a farm and Mercedes-Benz.