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Not reducing cabinet will be a declaration of war – Malema

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EFF leader Julius Malema Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says the party accepts the results of the recently held general elections but accused the African National Congress (ANC) of “governing by fraud” in Gauteng.

A number of incidents during the elections saw the EFF accusing the ANC of electoral fraud in Gauteng.

A total of 20 people were arrested in KwaZulu-Natal for allegedly voting more than once.

“The ANC did not get 50%,” said Malema, “The ANC will govern Gauteng through fraud and they know that. They have not won elections. They have manipulated the elections like they did in 2014.

“While we welcome the results, we believe the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) should develop adequate measures to prevent voters from casting their ballots more than once.”

Malema fired the first salvo to President Cyril Ramaphosa before the sixth parliament convenes on May 22 to get rid of deputy ministries and downsize the number of ministers in his cabinet.

There have been calls to downsize the bloated Cabinet of 35 ministers and 37 deputies.

Ramaphosa told the nation last February he would look into downsizing the executive, possibly to just 25 members.

But Malema said failure to do this will be a declaration of war.

“We demand that Ramaphosa must reduce the cabinet,” he said. “He must do away with deputy ministers. If he doesn’t do this, it will be a declaration of war and we shall respond decisively.

“Parliament is no playground and its teeth will bite whenever necessary.”

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