Julius Malema.    Picture: SOWETAN
Julius Malema. Picture: SOWETAN

Nkandla residents who think they have President Jacob Zuma as a neighbour best think again. The truth is‚ he’s going to Dubai.

At least this is the version of the truth presented by EFF leader Julius Malema as he addressed students in Durban on Tuesday.

The beret-clad Malema was speaking at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) at the start of the EFF’s build-up to their fourth birthday celebrations‚ which will held in the coastal city on Saturday.

Malema said he felt pity for those in Nkandla who thought they had a neighbour in the form of Zuma.

"That man is no longer their neighbour because he’s moving to Dubai and will spend all your money in Dubai. In 2019 you will be left with us and they all will be in Dubai‚" said Malema.

He also had a dig at the controversial Gupta family‚ saying they had pocketed no less than R50bn‚ and that they were taking it to the United Arab Emirates.

In a wide-ranging, rally-style address‚ Malema pushed for residents of KwaZulu-Natal to turn out in their droves for this weekend’s birthday celebration.

"Come to Curries Fountain on Saturday. EFF turns four‚ baby‚ and it’s gonna rock! We are turning KZN upside down in the backyard of Jacob Zuma‚ whether he likes it or not‚" he said.

A buoyant Malema was also not short of explosive attacks on the university‚ which he said had tried to block him from addressing the student meeting.

He claimed university management had sent security personnel to lock the gates to prevent him from addressing the students.

"We are here by force! We do not have permission to be here. Management gave us permission but then withdrew it and sent police and security guards to stop us from moving in‚" said Malema.

"I was shocked that it was not even Sasco [the ANC-aligned South African Students Congress] or their ANC delinquencies who tried to stop us‚ but the university."

He said the EFF was fighting for free education and he was happy the ANC had taken this call seriously during its national policy conference.

He also demanded that universities‚ including UKZN‚ employ security guards and cleaners on a permanent basis.

"They must enjoy the benefits as well. They should have medical aid like lecturers‚" he said.

He urged students to go back to class and pass "with flying colours", and not be permanent students like Sasco.

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