I’m the chosen one - Malema

2011-04-21 11:35

ANC Youth League president Julius Malema told the Johannesburg Equality Court he believed the Constitution should be amended to ensure that the country’s land was “shared equally”.

Under cross-examination from fiery advocate Roelof du Plessis SC, for the Transvaal Agricultural Union, Malema said he believed government’s willing-buyer-willing-seller policy had failed and that black people owned less than 7% of the country’s land.

Cross-examination by Du Plessis got off to a heated start when he asked Malema if he regarded himself as a “child soldier” of the ANC in the early 1990s.
“No, I’ve always been a young pioneer for the ANC,” Malema said.

“This is typical of Africa, children being used to fight wars,” Du Plessis said, drawing a shocked response from the mostly Malema supporters attending the trial.

Judge Colin Lamont cautioned Du Plessis not to use “inflammatory language” during cross-examination.

Du Plessis also pressed Malema on whether he believed in communism, to which the youth leader responded: “I don’t know what communism means.”

Malema said he supported the national democratic revolution and that power should be transferred from a minority group to the majority.

Moving to farm murders, Du Plessis read to the court from a study conducted by an international research body, claiming that genocide was being committed against farmers.

Malema said he wasn’t aware of this and that investigations should also be done into the killing of farm workers, and into farm workers who kill their bosses because they are not paid.

Du Plessis accused Malema of being “used” by the ANC to put issues on the table “they are too scared to say”.

Malema responded: “I’m very happy to be used by the ANC, I’m the chosen one. I’ve always been a foot soldier of the ANC.”

Cross-examination continues.

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