Black people fooled by 'new SA' - Malema

2014-07-17 20:48
Julius Malema (Ihsaan Haffejee, Sapa)

Julius Malema (Ihsaan Haffejee, Sapa)

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Pretoria - Thousands of people, clad mostly in EFF red berets and T-shirts, packed a hall at the University of Limpopo's Medunsa campus, situated in Ga-Rankuwa outside Pretoria, on Thursday.

The crowd listened attentively as EFF leader Julius Malema, told them they had been fooled into believing they had benefited from the new, democratic South Africa.

"Twenty years into democracy, but many young people see flushing toilets for the first time when they come here [university campuses]," Malema said.

He said in rural areas, government gave people dry taps and at times water pipes, but they failed to give people actual water.

When government mentioned their progress however, they counted people with these things as people who had been given water.

Malema said: "They raise your hopes up high... It's better to know that at all, you don't have."

He touched on the country's economy, and dismissed the positive outcomes of black economic empowerment.

"Black people who are in business with white people are economy security guards," Malema said.

His comment was met by loud applause and laughter.

"They are protecting the interests of white people," he said.

He claimed people like Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and mining magnate Patrice Motsepe were some of those who were "economy security guards".

Malema said Ramaphosa's alleged role in the Marikana shootings was a testament to his role of protecting white men's money.

Police shot dead 34 people, mostly striking mine workers, in a clash at the Lonmin Platinum Mine in Rustenburg on 16 August 2012.

Ten other people, including two police officers and two security guards were killed in the preceding week.

Ramaphosa, a Lonmin shareholder at the time, was alleged to have requested police to act to end the strike action.

- SAPA
Read more on:    eff  |  julius malema  |  cyril ramaphosa  |  pretoria  |  politics  |  marikana inquiry
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