One can see, feel and touch oppression in Cape Town - Malema

2016-05-15 16:25
(Thulani Gqirana, News24)

(Thulani Gqirana, News24)

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Cape Town – EFF leader Julius Malema has labelled Cape Town so "untransformed" that one could see, feel and touch oppression.

Addressing the community in Gugulethu on Sunday, Malema said Cape Town was a city of two nations, where black people were oppressed, while white people continued to flourish.

"Coloured, black, you are the same. You are oppressed here. White people don't have porta toilets, and yet you do. All of South Africa is controlled through Stellenbosch," he said.

The issue of land was on the top on Malema's agenda in Gugulethu.

He said the black people did not own property, and those who did, ran the chance of it being taken away should they miss paying for rates.

Malema said this was the first place they were visiting since they launched the party's manifesto in Orlando Stadium.

"This is the only city that represents and still remains a colony. It is not transformed. We want to transform this place and we cannot do so if we are not part of the municipality," he said. 

He said if the party could not win over Cape Town and ultimately the Western Cape, they could forget about black people getting back their land and reclaiming the economy.

"We want to transform this city so that it can be enjoyed by both black and white," he said.

He accused the Western Cape government of constantly evicting people from land, especially in winter.

"They always evict our people from their houses on occupied land. They remove them because they don't love them."

Malema said people occupied land because they wanted a place to call home, and it was not out of excitement.

He said a government that took away people's houses for not paying rates was worse than apartheid.

"Apartheid gave you that house, and then here comes democracy and takes it away," he said.

Rich must share the wealth

Malema said it was time for the rich to share their wealth with the poor.

Education

It was time for them to pay for having denied black people education.  

"Because they knew you are smarter than them, so they oppressed you," he said.

He said those who had more money should not be too worried about paying R200 more to subsidise the poor.  

"Saying sorry for benefiting from apartheid is not enough. Do more." 

He said property gave people dignity, and promised his party would give voters the tools to work their land, once they had property.

"You are nothing without property, that's why we are hated, because we are calling for the redistribution of land."

He said prioritising the rich for service delivery, building bicycle lanes, repaving good roads and extending the Gautrain was "coward leadership".

Campaigning for votes, Malema promised to "liberate" Cape Town from the DA, which he said was run by white people in the background.

He said there should not be a township without tarred roads, water and a crèche.

Malema also said that black children went to school too late in the townships, and needed to learn to love school from an early age. 

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