Julius Malema: Ending whites’ honeymoon is bad for SA

2014-09-12 13:59

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The honeymoon would not be over for whites if the Economic Freedom Fighters came to power, says party leader Julius Malema.

Putting on the charm at a crowded lunch gathering at Kelvin Grove Club in the leafy suburb of Newlands yesterday, Malema said it was a misconception that the EFF believed that white people were the enemy. He added that he had purposefully sent his son to a predominantly white, Afrikaans school.

Addressing the audience in his signature red overalls and beret, he said: “If we wanted the honeymoon to be over for whites, then it would be over for South Africa.

“We all belong to this country, but let’s not be scared of robust debate,” he said, adding that the EFF was unapologetic about the need for radical transformation.

“We want to share the wealth with white people,” he said, warning that if there was no redistribution of wealth and expropriation of land, “both the white and the black elite” would lose out as there would be anarchy.

The empowerment of poor people was the only way to guarantee the safety of those with money, he said.

Claiming that the ANC had lost its values and that the EFF had filled the void, he said: “Somebody has to lead in these times. If not, people will lead themselves and there will be an unled revolution.”

The EFF had given the country an opportunity to “engage on these matters to avoid anarchy”.

The land issue was at the core of the struggle, he said, saying that the ANC’s willing-seller-willing-buyer policy had failed.

“Progressive peaceful expropriation of land ownership without compensation will resolve the crisis of land ownership.”

He singled out the mining and financial sectors, saying they were largely untransformed and needed to be nationalised in partnership with the private sector.

The EFF would continue to shake up Parliament, because there were practices that were being accepted without question.

The motion against speaker Baleka Mbete – the national chairperson of the ANC – had the support of all the opposition parties because “the ANC is whispering in the ear of the speaker about how to rule on matters”.

When asked about his about-turn after being a one-time die-hard supporter of president Jacob Zuma, Malema said this had been a “terrible mistake”.

“I agree that we have contributed to this mess, and we won’t rest until we remove him as president.”

When asked where he would be in five years’ time, Malema, who faces criminal charges of racketeering, money laundering and fraud, said that he would be “in Parliament”.

At the end of his talk, a guest stood up and said: “You are not such a bad guy as we had thought.”

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