Steve Hofmeyr should be made an honorary member of Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). He should have been invited to speak at EFF launch happening today.
Every time the Hof opens his mouth, the black youth re-think their politics and consider signing up for the EFF which wants to get rid of white people. But only those white people who want to keep their land and mining shares – the rest can stay.
“We are not used to being raped by other cultures, races, ethnicities and tribes,” the Hof would say as he did when he was interviewed at the Red October march.
He would add (at the EFF launch): “No longer will we be silent about the oppression of the White South African Ethnic Minority! No longer will we silently endure the killing of our people on our farms and in our towns and cities.”
At this point, Malema would hand-out EFF membership forms and say: “The black man remains a visitor in his own country because his land was stolen from him. Their [the black ancestor] land was stolen from them. Their cattle were stolen from them. Their mineral resources and natural resources were stolen from them.
We cannot pay people who have killed our people. You are asking us to compensate you for having committed a black genocide.”
Malema would be referring to one of his party’s cardinal principles, that of land expropriation without compensation. This was what Malema told crowds of young people who attended EFF’s assembly in Orlando West, Soweto.
He accused the ANC of protecting “white monopoly power and wealth” at the expense of the majority.
It seems Malema had it wrong. The white minority took to the street and protested against white genocide on Thursday. Apparently the South African whites have suffered grievous assault propagated by the black majority since the end of Apartheid. They have been “oppressed” you see.
One can understand how owning farms, owning the Johannesburg stock exchange, owning minerals, living in (no-longer) blissful suburbia, enjoying a higher quality education and being able to afford private medical care can be seen as “oppression” especially when their black oppressors live in the margins of society.
In an interview with Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, EFF national spokesperson and University of Witwatersrand Phd candidate, he said the ANC was not radical enough and it wanted to implement neoliberal policies.
“They [the ANC] are not radical. We [EFF] want to nationalise the banks. We have to take over the industries and redistribute the land and wealth to all,” he said.
The Red October gang would feel very oppressed should EFF make political inroads.
With regards to the “slaughter” of white South Africans, the Hof was given actual crime statistics that impact the whole of South Africa, not just the white minority.
According to a report by Africa Check, black people were far more likely to be murder victims than white people. The report showed 87 percent of murder victims were black, while just 2 percent were white.
To this, the Hof replied: “Well, we are just not used to being treated this way.”
Statistics South Africa produced a census in 2008 that showed white income per capita was at R75 297 while black income per capita was R9 790. It was also shown that the 8 percent white minority owned more than 70 percent of the land.
Yes, white South Africa is greatly oppressed economically, socially and politically.
The Red October march against the “oppression” and “slaughter” of white people, the march against the “black South African government” is a democratic and constitutional right.
However, these kinds of marches are a sure-fire way to anger the black youth that choose non-racial politics. The youth that would listen to the Democratic Alliance, Agang and the ANC and decide who to vote for based on merit, service delivery and anti-corruption promises.
Red October could have single-handedly assisted the EFF in securing the black middle class vote. This is the reason Malema should consider making the Hof an honorary member of the EFF.
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