ANC mum after Malema calls Zuma a ‘criminal’

FILE PICTURE: Julius Malema. Picture: Nyambeni Mandiwana

The ANC remained tight-lipped yesterday over Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema’s accusation that President Jacob Zuma was a criminal and should be in jail, not him.

ANC spokesman Keith Khoza would only say “no comment” when contacted by The Citizen.

However, a senior member of the ANC, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the ANC had decided not to comment because that would dignify Malema.

“We have decided not respond to what Malema says because that would elevate him. We think people do not believe what this small boy says,” the member said.

Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj failed to respond to emailed questions despite The Citizen phoning him several times.

Addressing a sea of his supporters after his corruption and racketeering court case was postponed in the Polokwane High Court on Monday, Malema labelled Zuma a criminal, while pointing at Zuma’s son Duduzane as one of the richest because they are using the family surname to get tenders.

“No one in my family has been to prison for committing a crime and I am not going to be the black sheep of my family. I am not going to undermine the image of my family and become the first criminal,” Malema said to thunderous applause.

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