- EFF leader Julius Malema caused a stir in Parliament on Wednesday when he called on his supporters to occupy vacant land
- The EFF leader said President Cyril Ramaphosa was being wishy-washy about land expropriation without compensation
- Malema and the EFF were later asked to leave the National Assembly
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Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema caused a stir among lawmakers in Parliament on Wednesday when he called on his supporters to occupy vacant land. Malema said President Cyril Ramaphosa was being wishy-washy about the land issue.
The EFF leader spoke during the debate on the budget of the Presidency in the National Assembly. He said it had become clear that neither Ramaphosa nor the ANC was serious about land expropriation.
Malema said it was clear that the ANC had no intention or plan to give people land anytime soon. Malema claimed he had issued an instruction to his supporters earlier to hold back on occupying vacant land.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Malema inferred that he would retract the instruction. He said: “But since you are no longer clear, we’ve made a call and we make it even here, for our people to occupy the unoccupied land.”
Malema then took aim at Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. The EFF leader said Nkoana-Mashabane was the wrong person for the critical portfolio.
Malema said: “She knows nothing about land, and half the time she is asleep.”
The ANC caucus took issue with this statement and raised their concerns with the Deputy Speaker Lechesa Tsenoli, who asked Malema and the EFF to leave the house.
Tsenoloi said: “Please leave honourable members as requested. If you do not want to, we will request the protection services to assist the Sergeant at Arms to lead the members out of the house.”
The EFF put up a bit of a show, banged on their desks, but eventually walked out of the National Assembly without incident.
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