Malema swipes at Ramaphosa saying he's a businessman here to irritate

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Julius Malema has lashed out at the president, alleging that he has abandoned politics with his Eskom unbundling plan. The EFF leader claims Ramaphosa is favouring business interests over the needs of his people.

Julius Malema had some hard words for President Cyril Ramaphosa at the State of the Nation debate today.The leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters claims that Ramaphosa has abandoned politics in favour of his private business interests concerning the plan to split Eskom:“We know that your friends, through Trevor Manuel and Old Mutual, and your relatives, through Patrice Motsepe, stand to benefit from the privatisation of Eskom. We want to tell you here that Eskom will not be privatised and no retrenchments will take place.

"READ ALSO: ANC 'suspicious' of Eskom's ongoing load shedding, suspects 'sabotage'Sparing no blows Malema alleged that the president was putting profit above people, saying that:“You are still an active businessperson who just took leave to come and irritate us here,” The president's brother-inlaw, Jeff Radebe, is the minister of energy and another one of his brother-in-laws, Patrice Motsepe, owns an energy company that could well be interested in buying Eskom assets.However, Malema is having none of this and called the president out on it, adding that, should he continue down this path, there would be consequences:“If you proceed to privatise Eskom, rest assured that we, as the Economic Freedom Fighters, will confront your government and IPPs because they represent capitalist greed and obsession with money at the expense of our people.”According to The Citizen, Malema had said that the focus on buying power from IPPs ( Independent Power Producers) was already a form of privatisation, which the current administration has supported.za reported earlier that the announcement to split Eskom into three separate entities had attracted the attention of Trade Unions, who had also seen the move as a lean towards privitisation, which they vowed to fight tooth and nail.

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