“We’ve seen the hypocrisy under President Cyril Ramaphosa,” EFF leader Julius Malema said to media outside the Nasrec Expo Centre on Monday while outlining how the EFF’s detractors were now using courts to fight battles against the party.
Malema: For example, recently we learnt that ESKOM press conferences are run by Daily Maverick but media says nothing. Had someone said they convened the press conference based on ANN7 availability, media would be screaming state capture.
— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) October 28, 2019
At the expo centre to announce the party’s second National People’s Assembly, where its leaders will be elected at the end of year, Malema highlighted how the EFF’s detractors were now using courts and the law as a means to suppress opposition.
There was a danger there, Malema said, adding that detractors had changed the manner of doing battle with the party on the ground and were now using the courts.
“They are using the same apartheid tactics.
“Apartheid used the physical structures of prisons to lock those they disagreed with – they use money now. They take you to court and lock you up [using lawsuits].”
He said the courts were “willingly or unwilling” falling into the trap of silencing freedom of expression and the exercising of political rights, because people who had money “can imprison you by imposing a heavy lawsuit on you”.
He warned that most opposition survived on political expression as a means to “expose the shenanigans of government”.
“All we do is to expose the shenanigans of government so that we can have a transparent government as opposition.”
He cautioned courts to be wary of limiting freedom of expression and political rights.
Using former president Jacob Zuma as an example, Malema said: “If the judges were like they [are] now… Zuma would have been protected and would still be president.”