- EFF leader Julius Malema has tried to clarify his statements about land expropriation without compensation
- Malema denied he was inciting a white genocide and denied there was any kind of genocide occurring in South Africa
- The EFF leader said he was prepared to go to jail for saying poor people should occupy the uncopied land in the country
EFF leader Julius Malema has tried to clarify his statements regarding land expropriation without compensation. He defended his views that poor people should occupy the uncopied land in the country and even said he was willing to go to prison for this.
Malema also addressed his critics who claim he is inciting a white genocide. He said there was no need for white people to be scared because the EFF manifesto did not call for white people to be driven out of the country.
The EFF leader said there was no genocide happening in South Africa and said no white person was being killed or forced off their land.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Malema refused to back down from statements in which he encouraged his supporters to occupy vacant land.
For that, I am prepared to go to prison. They can lock me up for having said the poor must have a roof over their heads and have a place called home,” he said.
Malema faces charges for contravening the Riotous Gatherings Act for his statements regarding land grabs, he appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court last week Friday.
The matter was postponed until 27 July, pending Malema’s challenge on the constitutionality of the act, the matter is expected to be heard by the Pretoria High Court on 23 April.
The EFF’s policy on land is wholesale nationalisation of all privately owned land. This means all land in the country would in effect belong to the state, who will then determine who gets the land and for what use.
The ANC last month said it did not support the EFF’s proposed model and while the party remained committed to land reform, it had serious reservations about the EFF’s proposed implementation.
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