EFF leader Julius Malema lashed out at President Cyril Ramaphosa’s new cabinet that was revealed on Wednesday evening.
Malema was particularly annoyed at the appointment of Pravin Gordhan as public enterprises minister despite having been implicated in corruption in a report by the embattled Public Protector.
“To appoint Pravin was to show a middle finger to the chapter 9 institution, to the constitution and to the democracy,” read part of Malema’s statement.
“All those who support the constitution and love democracy must stand against the appointment of Pravin.
“Whoever ignors the findings of the Public Protector is an enemy of the EFF and a constitutional delinquent.”
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However, Malema did point out some of the positives of the new cabinet. The EFF leader approved of the equal gender split and wished the new cabinet good luck, especially surprise appointment Patricia de Lille.
“The only good thing about the new cabinet is that we have 50-50 men and women, but the whole achievement is undermined by the fact that the cabinet remains bloated and it is going to cost South Africans a lot of money,” he added.
“We hope she [Patricia de Lille] will not be contaminated by corrupt activities in the party, we hope Ronald Lamola will continue to be the young person that we know him for and that he will not be corrupted and destroyed at an early age, because he’s serving with hyenas, and they are very quick to destroy people.
“We wish them well and all the progressive forces who found themselves in that compromised cabinet. We wish them well, we wish them strength, but South Africans should not be fooled by that bloated cabinet which still has crooks who will eat our money.”