We won’t compromise in struggle against white supremacy, Malema tells Oxford

Julius Malema
Julius Malema
Lise Du Buisson

It is South African students who lead the struggle against white supremacy, a supremacy that divides the country and excludes indigenous populations.

These was said last night by Julius Malema to a packed hall at the Oxford Union, Oxford University’s debating society, reported Netwerk24.

Malema is currently touring Britain, where is he meeting with various organisations and stakeholders and holding discussions about the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

Malema described white supremacy as a system that positioned whites as superior and blacks as inferior.

He said it was a system that denied black people education so that they would be “a source of cheap labour”.

“South Africa should not be a home for racists. And we’re not going to apologise for that ... We believe there is place in South Africa for everyone. But we can not continue to protect white privilege at the expense of black people,” he said.

Malema, who has a close relationship with Winnie Mandela, said that former president Nelson Mandela deviated from the Freedom Charter when he divorced Madikizela-Mandela because he went to live in a house that whites (the Oppenheimers) had donated to him.

“To complain that Mandela renounced the struggle, is pointless. He knew that the struggle was not over. He left it for us. We will do it. We will not compromise.”

He reiterated that the EFF did not want to replace white supremacy with black supremacy.

“We want to restore the dignity of the continent and position Africa as an equal partner in the global economy and international politics.

“We want Africa to be like Europe. We do not want Europe to treat Africa as its subject. Africa’s time is now,” said Malema.

Malema used Cecil John Rhodes as an example of white supremacy.

“Rhodes took our land. Rhodes started a system that led to black genocide,” he said.

Malema said this was why black students started the #RhodesMustFall campaign – after the EFF’s speech in parliament.

“They don’t say Rhodes must fall because they hate white people, but because they hate what Rhodes did to them.

“We can not continue to celebrate people who represent the racial divide of our people.”

Malema is due to address a gathering of Chatham House, one of Britain’s most authoritative think tanks, tonight.

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