JOHANNESBURG – Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Radical leader Julius Malema says although he was part of what he calls ‘the mistake of electing President Jacob Zuma’ and he is now on a mission to rectify that error urging his supporters to be bold and reclaim the land that rightfully belongs to them in South Africa.
Malema says yesterday’s Constitutional Court case is just the beginning of a process to ensure Zuma is removed as head of state.
Speaking on the same issue he urged his supporters to “Go and take the land. You are not stealing; you are reclaiming what fully belongs to you.”
He says it cannot be that there are millions of homeless black South Africans while there’s land that remains idle.
“This land of white people must be occupied because it’s our land.”
Malema is calling for massive land expropriation without compensation, with land returned to those who’d been dispossessed. Despite two decades of rule by the African National Congress (ANC), income inequality in South Africa is sky-high.
Indeed, it is higher now than it was at the end of apartheid. Blacks make up 80 percent of the population, but according to census data they earn one-sixth of what white citizens earn on average.
Investors, landowners, and farmers alike are waiting anxiously to see what comes next, and neighboring Zimbabwe’s radical land reform — in which president Robert Mugabe’s government seized white-owned farms, appropriated during colonization, and awarded them to blacks — is a topic of frequent conversation.
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