The national leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Julius Malema, has assured South Africans that land belonging to white South Africans would not be taken forcefully and violence will not be used should the EFF become government after next year’s general elections, “legislation would be formulated in such a manner that it will enable land to be taken legally,” said Malema during an interview on SABC radio station Thobela FM’s prime time current affairs show, Hlokwalatsela, Monday evening.
Malema says the EFF is “a giant … that is ready to champion the rights of South Africans”. He says his party provides an alternative voice for the people of South Africa.
‘I call Holomisa’
Asked about the presence of United Democratic Movement (UDM) President Bantu Holomisa during the official launch of the EFF in Marikana over the weekend, Malema said that Holomisa attended the launch in the interest of democracy.
Malema said that he calls Holomisa for advice when he needs guidance “because he is an elder and has experience”.
“We want to forgive white people”
Malema said white South Africans should not be fooled by people who claim to their faces that they have forgiven them, because behind closed doors the same people express their discomforts about the land issue but are “afraid to say it in public”.
He said Africans want to forgive white people but this could not happen when white people are still owning the majority of the land.
Malema called on voters to give a majority win to the EFF so that it could formulate laws that favour their upliftment.