In SA you vote and you still beg – Juju

2010-04-17 17:31

Without owning land, voting in South Africa means nothing, the ANC Youth League leader, Julius Malema, told a youth rally in the Northern Cape yesterday.

Malema told the crowds that South Africans did not own their own country.

“This land belongs to foreigners,” he said, adding people needed land to feed themselves and to do business as citizens.

The so-called “willing-buyer, willing-seller” system was not helping the government in the land redistribution programme.

“You need land to do everything. Without land voting means nothing,” he said.

Stressing his point at the rally, Malema said South Africans can vote until they are purple, adding that as long as they did not have the economy of South Africa their votes were useless. “You vote and you still go beg.”

Malema said people have voted every five years in the past and still workers get beaten and killed by farmers, because they do not own those farms.

He said the country’s political freedom would mean nothing if a practical programme of intervention on property issues was not decided on sooner.

The controversial Youth League leader said people in townships were still squatting in properties which they call land. Opposite them, he added, were people with small families who owned huge land as “big as (some small) countries”.

Malema said he was told one should not talk politics of land and property or nationalisation because that would scare investors away.

“They (investors) invest in countries where there are civil wars,” he said, adding that people should not believe the “lies” that investors would be scared off by talks of nationalisation.

He said investors did not care about people and that they were only interested in making a profit.

Not long after he got a lashing from his boss, President Jacob Zuma, Juju, as he affectionately known by his followers and enemies, also said if investors were to leave, the Chinese would come in.

“The Chinese will work with anybody.”  

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