"I was never close to president Zuma. The principal event when I went to Nkandla was the time I went to have tea. I have never had his cellphone number and I don't address him on the phone. On the off chance that you some way or another figured out how to differentiate the relationship I had and Zuma, I am closer with Cyril Ramaphosa than with Zuma," Malema said.
In a gathering with Kaya FM on Tuesday, Malema, who has been vocal with regards to Zuma's confinement, said the past president should have been set under house catch rather than sentenced to 15 months in prison.
"I considered president Zuma capable. You can have him in jail anyway not actually in a cell. You can put him under house catch. You can have him at home. That is a discipline in isolation. To consume cash on a 80-year-old is a wasteful use. You won't be useful at any rate," Malema said.
His gathering came after the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria pardoned, with costs, the EFF's application to have the bank decrees of President Cyril Ramaphosa's CR17 ANC political race revealed.
"I figure our courts should monitor public interests and we should reliably fight for straightforwardness. When there's no bad behavior being completed when you're a sitting president and your name is referred to, without a doubt people should know whether their handbags are secured.
The president holds a very enormous effect and the people who finance him, he encourages a soft spot for themselves and to think of him as mindful you should try to understand who are people who are financing him. They could be the ones running the state," Malema said.
Malema was a wild partner of Zuma while he was ANC Youth League (ANCYL) president. In 2008, he swore he would "kill for Zuma" and said the youngsters of South Africa would kick the container supporting Zuma. Regardless, after Malema left the ANCYL and outlined the EFF his tune changed.
"I never had such a relationship with Zuma. I worked with him, and we shared stages together. We met every Monday back then. It's thoroughly business," he said on Tuesday.
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