Malema's utterances about Guptas spark debate

EFF leader Julius Malema's ban on Gupta-owned news outlets and the call for the family to leave South Africa have sparked a national debate.

Malema on Thursday said the "EFF cannot guarantee the safety of ANN7 and The New Age journalists" if they come to the party's events.

Africa Melane, standing in for Redi Tlhabi, on Friday asked 702 and CapeTalk listeners to share their views on the subject.

Listen to the conversation below:

Malema keeps on blaming President Jacob Zuma for infringing the constitution but the utterances he made at the press conference regarding the Guptas... In his position as a national leader, he has to be very careful of his utterances...

Pax, caller in Berea

He goes on to say that people must go, forgetting that those people have constitutional rights. Those people (Guptas) have employed people, who have rights and whom he claims to be representing. He'll be going to those people, who are working for the Guptas, to campaign... In my view, there's a contradiction; he has to refrain from such utterances.

Pax, caller in Berea

I don't think Malema is asking for too much... Malema is saying the country demands an explanation for what happened overnight. I think as a president you are accountable to the South African public. You can't make a such a drastic decision that caused the Rand to plummet within hours and not at least explain to the people what happened...

Prince, caller in Middelburg

With regard to the Guptas, there's a perception that this family has ties to the government, that they are benefiting. The ruling party hasn't done much to change this perception... The ruling party should step up; the South African public needs closure.

Prince, caller in Middelburg

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