JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African opposition leader says the country is on a “road to a dictatorship,” accusing the president of manipulating state security departments.
Julius Malema, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, said on Monday that South African President Jacob Zuma has compromised the country’s intelligence services and police to maintain political power.
Speaking to journalists, Malema also said he expected little from a forthcoming report from a judicial commission tasked with investigating the shooting and killing of more than 40 striking miners in 2013, because the commission was appointed by Zuma.
He said the report will be suppressed if it reflects negatively on Zuma’s government.
Malema added that his party will continue to highlight state funds spent on Zuma’s personal home because it is a symbol of corruption.