- BLF leader Andile Mngxitama says EFF leader Julius Malema is jealous of the respect the Zulu king has
- Mngxitama said that was why Malema wanted to dissolve the Ingonyama Trust which is administered by the king
- The BLF leader has come to the defence of King Goodwill Zwelithini and the Ingonyama Trust
Black First Land First (BLF) leader Andile Mngxitama has lashed out at his former boss, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema and the African National Congress (ANC) and their misguided understanding of land expropriation without compensation.
Mngxitama said Malema and to some extent, the ANC was driven by envy in their calls for the Ingonyama Trust to be dissolved. He said Malema hated Zulu people and was jealous of their king.
Mngxitama said he knew from his time at the EFF that Malema was deeply jealous of King Goodwill Zwelithini and wanted the love and respect the king had for himself. He said this was why Malema wanted to take land away from the king.
He said: “Malema wants to be king of South Africa and that is why he says they want to take land and give it to the state…this is about hating Zulu people‚” he added.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Mngxitama made these comments at a media event organised by a group of civil, religious and business organisations who have merged under the banner of ‘Radical Economic Transformation Defenders’.
The group has thrown its support behind the king who called for the protection of tribal land, the autocracy of the Ingonyama Trust and the independence of tribal leaders.
TimesLive.co.za reported that the king made the call after the Panel on the Assessment of Key Legislation and Fundamental Change recommended that the Ingonyama Trust Act should be repealed or amended and the Ingonyama Trust should be collapsed‚ ceding control of traditional land to the state.
Mngxitama said Malema and the ANC had skewed notions of what land expropriation without compensation should be about.
He said land expropriation should address the issues of disposed blacks and not dispossess them all over again.
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