OPPOSITION leaders criticised South African President, Jacob Zuma yesterday for being out of touch with the people, and said his position was illegitimate.
They were speaking in the parliamentary debate on the state of the nation address.
EFF leader Julius Malema said he wouldn’t recognise or debate Zuma’s speech as he was in his position illegitimately.
“We do not recognise him due to his incapacity, lack of direction, association with criminal elements and unaccountability.
“We refuse to legitimise a morally and politically compromised president of the ANC. We don’t have time for the so-called state of the nation address by an illegitimate president,” said Malema.
As Malema and his MPs in red overalls walked out again, Speaker Baleka Mbete gave him a tongue-lashing, saying his remarks would be removed from the parliamentary records.
Malema referred to incidents when he was ANC Youth League leader and claimed Zuma told him in a meeting that he wasn’t prepared to work with then president Thabo Mbeki.
Malema admitted leading the charge to remove Mbeki.
“We apologise to former president Mbeki for ruining his legacy. At least he knew what he stood for, unlike him (Zuma). We apologise to Mr (former president Nelson) Mandela for allowing Mr Zuma to turn South Africa into a junk country,” he said.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane said Zuma was a leader out of touch, living on Planet Zuma, where there were no crises.
“We need a president who puts the people first, and himself last,” said Maimane.
“You, sir, are not that president. We need a president that will serve the people and be an example to his government.”