“When we say we don’t want France in Africa, it doesn’t mean we want Britain, Spain and other countries. They must all follow each other with their tails between their legs, leaving the continent of Africa, because Africa belongs to Africans,” EFF leader Julius Malema told hundreds of party supporters on Africa Day.
The EFF gathered at Magnolia Park in Pretoria on Wednesday before marching to the French Embassy to hand over a memorandum of demands.
The memorandum stated that the French should leave Africa because some African countries, regardless of their independence, continued to use the franc.
“France continues to maintain strong and intimidating military bases in almost all African countries they had colonial control over,” the memorandum read. It added that the French government had played a direct role in the many coups d’état on the African continent.
The party also called for France to stop colonial taxes “because it is the wealth of the African continent; the removal of all military bases; and the return of all mineral or fiscal reserves held by the French Treasury”
In addition, Malema spoke against xenophobia and called for unity on the continent. “There is no room in South Africa and the whole of the African continent for xenophobia. Anyone who preaches xenophobia is a spy of the French and British embassies. They are working for foreign agents to divide the people of Africa.
“When you see a fellow African, you must see yourself, and in that way we will unite and defeat colonialism and imperialism. We must also defeat capitalism. That is why it is important to identify progressive organisations in Africa, which are fighting for socialism,” he added.
The party said it expected a response to all demands within 14 working days.