“We are not calling for the slaughter of white people‚ at least for now … The rightful owners of the land are black people. No white person is a rightful owner of the land here in SA and the whole of the African continent‚” said the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema.
Speaking outside the Newcastle Magistrates’ Court in KwaZulu-Natal, where he faces charges of inciting people to occupy privately owned land, Malema says no white person rightfully owns the land anyway.
The EFF leader, who was charged under the 1956 Riotous Assemblies Act, says he won’t be intimidated by the “apartheid” law, which he said Mandela was also charged under.
“Revolution is about making those that are comfortable uncomfortable. That’s what a revolution is all about!
“This act they are using here … this act was passed in 1956 as a response to the Freedom Charter, which was adopted in 1955. The Freedom Charter said people must occupy the land wherever they choose to occupy the land.
“The Boers … the apartheid regime, passed a law which ensured that no one is going to disturb the peace of Europeans. Mandela was tried with the same piece of legislation.
“This battle of the land is in the hands of the EFF. We will fight for it. No amount of intimidation will silence us. Not even torture. Not even anything can tell us to keep quiet about the land.
The EFF says “these white fellows” clap hands while his party fights Zuma. But he says Zuma is not the EFF’s “strategic position” – the “defeat of white monopoly capital” is.
“Zuma is not our strategic objective. Our strategic objective is the defeat of white monopoly capital. And that defeat of white monopoly capital means the ownership of property must change and be transferred to the hands of the people.
“The mines must be nationalised. The banks must be nationalised. The land must be expropriated without compensation. That’s what we are talking about. Zuma is a ‘by the way’. So, white man, before you clap hands for EFF, you must think twice.
“We will not chase white people to the sea. We will give them [a] portion. We will share the land piece by piece. And you can’t own bigger than us … you are a visitor. Visitors must behave. They must know that the land belongs to people of South Africa … indigenous people of South Africa.