Residents wait over an hour in the rain for 4 minutes of Malema

2014-03-01 19:11

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has promised free stands to residents of Disteneng informal settlement on the outskirts of Polokwane, who have embarked on a number of protests against removals and resettlement from the land they have illegally occupied.

Malema was addressing a group of community members and EFF supporters who had braved the rain and waited for over an hour to listen to his speech, which lasted about four minutes.

He invited residents to the party’s provincial manifesto launch to be held tomorrow at Seshego Stadium, which is in Malema’s township outside Polokwane.

Convenor of the EFF in Limpopo Michael Mathebe said they were expecting about 10 000 people from across the province to attend the manifesto launch.

Disteneng is home to thousands who live in abject poverty in almost inhabitable conditions in shacks with no basic services like water, sanitation and electricity.

“We know your problems. We’re going to make sure you all get stands. This is your land. You are not going to pay for any land,” he said.

“People of Disteneng are not allowed to occupy land. There’s no electricity, water and no schools and most are unemployed. We can’t have this situation 20 years into democracy; we must restore the dignity of our people.”

Malema later said his party wanted legislation that “says when you expropriate land for public purpose, for usage of and for the benefit of the people, there shouldn’t be compensation”.

“Compensation must happen between two people who are doing the transaction but for the community there can’t be a transaction; they are entitled to the land. It is justice to take from an individual (and give) to all, especially the people from which property was stolen. These are the rightful owners of Disteneng,” he said.

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