Gains of 1994 mean nothing without land - Malema

2016-11-07 17:40
Julius Malema addresses supporters. (News24)

Julius Malema addresses supporters. (News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Video

ICYMI: Julius Malema in court over land, new tack on Gordhan charges, penguin love triangle

2016-11-07 11:30

Watch the leading news for Monday 7 November with Erin Bates here.WATCH

Newcastle – Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has remained defiant in his call for black South Africans to take back unoccupied land.

"We will take our land no matter how. It's becoming unavoidable, it's becoming inevitable," said Malema.

He said land would be taken and returned to black people by whatever means necessary.

Malema was addressing thousands of supporters outside the Newcastle Magistrate's Court on Monday. Minutes before that, he had been in the dock on charges of contravening the Riotous Assemblies Act for making similar remarks on June 26 at a Freedom Charter rally in the area.

Outside the court, he blamed the African National Congress government for going after him because he dared to disturb the comfort of the white minority in the country.

"They have been swimming in a pool of privilege; they have been enjoying themselves because they always owned our land. We the rightful owners, our peace was disturbed by the white man's arrival here."

Black servants

AS IT HAPPENED: 'No white person is the rightful owner of land in SA' - Malema

He accused white people in the country of committing black genocide, saying they had slaughtered Africans as if they were animals.

"We are not calling for the slaughtering of white people... at least for now," he said, adding that all black people wanted was their land back.

He accused the ANC government of protecting white privilege and pursuing him using an apartheid era law.

The EFF leader, who told the crowd that the gains made in 1994 meant nothing without land ownership for black people, said black people remained servants to their white counterparts in South Africa.

Malema spoke at length about the Constitution and President Jacob Zuma and told supporters that he was willing to lose his job, go to jail, or even be tortured over the land question.

"If it means going to prison for telling you to take the land, so be it. I am not scared of going to prison because of the land question, but I am scared of going to prison for corruption."

Zuma a 'by the way'

READ: Former Malema ally comes to his defence... or does he?

He also warned against the continued white ownership of the economy, and had a word of advice for "white people" who supported his attacks on the president, saying Zuma was not the main issue.

"Zuma is a 'by the way', so white people before you clap hands for the EFF, you must think twice. It's like when you travel in a car and you get a puncture, you fix the tyre, but the journey continues."

He said the end goal was the defeat of white monopoly capital.

Malema first made the call for the illegal occupation of land at the EFF's national people's assembly in 2014. He will appear in the regional court in Mangaung on November 14 for a similar charge.

The court case in Newcastle was postponed to December 7 pending an application that his lawyer, Tumi Mokwena, said they would put to the High Court, challenging the Act's constitutionality.

Magistrate Ian Colditz said if he showed proof of the application, the matter would then be moved to May 2017.

WATCH this video:

Read more on:    eff  |  julius malema  |  politics  |  land

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.