I don't hate whites, says Malema
Marietie Louw-Carstens, Beeld
Mankweng - ANC Youth League president Julius Malema said on Tuesday night that he does not hate white people.
“I will never carry a weapon and shoot a white person. And no one will shoot a white person in front of me. I will defend that white person,” Malema said in an address at the University of Limpopo.
“Our struggle is not a struggle against white people. White people are our fellow South Africans and they are also part of the struggle. We always have to reassure them that they are part of our struggle.”
He said he was calling on “our white patriots to share with us. White people own 90% of the land in the country.
“If you are Christians, you will not have a problem to share with us.
'I don't hate white people'
“Our struggle was never, ever, white genocide. We never wanted to kill white people during the struggle.
“People say I hate white people; I don’t hate white people. I will die on the battleground defending white people, just like I will defend black people.”
But Malema did say that until everyone could share in the country’s wealth, the struggle would continue.
“This country also belongs to white people, they don’t have to worry. But they should worry about poverty.”
He said there was a lot of white poverty in places like Pretoria.
“Poverty knows no colour, poverty doesn’t discriminate.”
He said no ANC leader in the first few years of the party had ever called a youth league member to appear before a disciplinary hearing.
“And some of those youth leaders made comments such as that every member of the youth league had to be armed with a panga,” said Malema.
Malema had flu and spoke with a hoarse voice during the OR Tambo memorial lecture at the university.
“I have been seriously gripped by flu but I decided to come talk to you to prevent conspiracy rumours should I stay away.”
His disciplinary hearing by the ANC will resume on Thursday.
Malema said the ANC had not created a single city over the past 17 years in South Africa.
“It is the truth that I speak and if I get another disciplinary hearing for this, then it is not a problem.”
He said: “Power is not blue lights and security guards. Power is the ability to put bread on the table.”
Malema added that the nationalisation of the mines is a concluded matter and that the ANC is studying the best model for it.
The students applauded loudly when Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale sang “viva President Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe".
There was booing when he sang “viva President Jacob Zuma".
Students sang the song containing the phrase “dubula iBhu nu” or “shoot the Boer” while waiting for Malema. He, however, did not sing the song.