Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema wants a future where white people are domestic workers and carry the babies of their employers on their backs.
He was addressing crowds of EFF supporters outside the Newcastle Magistrate’s Court on Monday where he briefly appeared on charges of contravening the Riotous Assemblies Act.
The case relates to utterances made by Malema in 2016 in Newcastle when he was addressing an EFF rally and called on supporters to identify land and seize it. His case was postponed to July 8, as Malema’s legal team has challenged the constitutionality of the Act in the High Court in Pretoria, where a ruling is still pending.
That case was heard in December and its outcome will affect the Newcastle charges.
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Speaking to a sea of red T-shirt-wearing supporters, Malema said: “I don’t want blacks to work for whites, I want you to work for yourselves; white people will work for you. That will be true freedom. You must teach them how to carry babies on their back. They must feel what our parents have been feeling.”
He told them that he longed for the day when white South Africans served black citizens.
“We are not calling for white people to be killed, but for white people to be our domestic workers.”
But whites could only work for blacks when the country’s land was returned to the majority, he said.
Malema said the EFF would “take this land and make it more nicer and enjoyable for black people”.
He wasn’t calling for whites to leave the country, said Malema, because they weren’t going anywhere; there was no “ship” waiting to take whites away, a sentiment he has expressed before, often after these court postponements.
“I long for the day when a white man will be driving a tractor on your farm. I long for a day when [Democratic Alliance MP John] Steenhuisen will be driving a tractor on [EFF national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi’s] farm. White privilege will come to an end under EFF,” Malema said, to cheers from the crowd.
White citizens who wanted to leave the country because they were “threatened” by black ownership should just leave, he said.
“We will stay here with whites who appreciate that blacks must own all strategic things in the economy – land, banks, mines,” he said.
“When the black child is liberated, you will not worship everything white.”
Malema reiterated that he wasn’t “scared of going to prison to fight for the land”.
The African National Congress was scared of white people, he said, because they were “too old”.
“They have been beaten by them, arrested by them. [But] I don’t understand why, if you are young, you are scared by white people,” he said.
“They have never beaten you, they are equal to you,” he said to cheers. “This is Shaka Zulu’s land, not Van Wyk and Van Tonder’s land,” he said.
“This land belongs to our forefathers, who fought these bastards. And they thought they defeated our forefathers, and [that] they will defeat us now. Let them come. We are ready for them.”
(Compiled by Gopolang Chawane, Additional reporting by ANA)