Malema: "this is our land"

2012-02-27 00:00

SUSPENDED ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema has warned that “white right-wing” leaders like Freedom Front Plus leader Pieter Mulder would speak out more freely now that the “radical voice of the ANCYL” has been silenced.

He also slammed President Jacob Zuma, without mentioning his name, for not “putting [Mulder, who is deputy minister of agriculture] in his place”, even though he referred to black people as “bantus”. Instead, he said, Zuma is “avoiding him”.

He was referring to remarks made by Mulder in Parliament recently, that black people arrived in parts of South Africa at the same time as or after white people, and land claims should be considered in this context.

Malema gave a rousing speech to about 1 500 supporters at a youth league “mini-rally” on a dusty sportsfield in Kliptown, Soweto, to celebrate the ANC’s centenary yesterday. Kliptown was chosen because it was the birthplace of the Freedom Charter and reunited the league with its ancestors, Gauteng league leader Lebogang Maile said. Malema was accompanied by his deputy, Ronald Lamola, secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa and Gauteng secretary Ayanda Kasa-Ntsobi.

They sang songs in support of Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, whom they want to replace Zuma at the ANC’s conference, and Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, whom they want as ANC secretary-general.

Malema said that “this is our land and we know the history of the land. The settlers committed black genocide when they grabbed this land.

“They never paid for it. And today they have the courage to tell us it is not our land.”

Malema said young people as “economic freedom fighters” should be prepared to fight for the land, and “pay whatever price for the land” so as not to disappoint Nelson Mandela.

“The right-wingers are gaining confidence again because they know there is no one to fight them,” he added.

With reference to pressure group AfriForum, Malema said “right-wingers” first tried to stop him from singing dubul’ ibhunu (shoot the boer”) and now Mulder was saying “we don’t belong to the land”.

Mulder wrote in the Sunday Times yesterday that “radicals” were saying that “whites have stolen the land” without their leaders repudiating them. He was referring to an utterance made by Malema and for which Malema was charged, but the charge was dropped because the paper misquoted him.

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