Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema has criticised President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to donate half of his R3.7 million annual salary to a charity fund which will be managed by the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Ramaphosa made the announcement in Parliament this week during his budget vote. Malema says Ramaphosa’s intervention is misdirected. Malema was speaking at the party’s Africa Day celebrations in Pretoria.

“We must reject Ramaphosa for establishing Nelson Mandela “Thuma mina” and not taking the money where it is supposed to go. It is a misdirected part of an intervention. The money must go to the squatter camp; the money must go to the landless people. The money must go to the unemployed; it must go to the children of the domestic workers, that is where we need this money.”