- EFF leader Julius Malema and Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota had to be separated after they nearly came to blows at a chaotic public hearing into land expropriation without compensation
- The hearing took place in Marble Hall, Limpopo and was marred by chaos and vandalism
- Malema claimed the altercation with Lekota had been caused when Lekota got upset by the chairperson of the hearing and said the entire process was staged
A near-physical confrontation between Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema and Congress of the People (Cope) leader Mosiuoa Lekota was caught on video and has been widely distributed via various social media channels.
Lekota and Malema were seated next to one another when the meeting started. Lekota was seen saying something to Malema after which the EFF leader started waving his finger in Lekota’s face.
This led to an intense argument between the two politicians and resulted in Lekota moving his seat away from Malema.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Malema later claimed the altercation had been the as a result of Lekota losing his cool over the hearing and its chairperson. Malema claims Lekota said the entire process had been staged.
eNCA.com reported that Malema said “I said to him as a member of Parliament you are allowed to chair, if you think it’s staged, take a mic and choose people yourself because I also do the same thing. When I see people, I say ‘chair, recognise that person’.”
The public hearing into land expropriation without compensation which took place in the small farming town of Marble Hall in Limpopo and was marred by chaos and vandalism. Security personnel reported that the crowd had vandalised one of the metal detectors at the venue.
Citizen.co.za reported that the venue was too small to accommodate all those who wanted to participate and a second large crowd was accommodated in a tent nearby the hall.
Lekota and Malema are on opposite sides of the land expropriation without compensation debate. Malema and the EFF are in favour of amending the Constitution while Lekota and Cope have warned that such a policy could be disastrous.
Lekota said the populist narrative that white people stole land from blacks was a lie, this led Malema to accuse Lekota of loving whiteness more than he loved himself.
The majority of those attending the hearing were black youths and young adults who used the meeting to bring attention to their anger over racial inequality, discrimination, alleged human rights abuses on farms and a multitude of other issues not related to land reform.
Malema received loud cheers from the crowd while Lekota’s reception was mixed, he received some cheers but also some jeers.
The hearings will move to Mokopane on Thursday.
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