- The ANC Youth League said that land belonging to racist farmers should be expropriated
- These demands came after protests in Bronkhorstspruit outside Pretoria, where people were marching against racism
- The protesters brought business in the area to a standstill
On Tuesday, the ANC Youth League in Tshwane demanded that land belonging to racist farmers be expropriated.
The Youth League announced these demands in Bronkhorspruit, east of Pretoria, where anti-racism protests were taking place. The protests shut down the CBD as well as three neighbouring townships, where people were prevented from leaving.
Protests continued until protesters reached Bronkhorstspruit police station, where they handed over a list of demands.
The protests were triggered by an alleged incident where a supervisor assaulted security guard Charlie Mabuza for falling asleep at work on New Year's Day. The incident was confirmed by Gauteng police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo. Masondo said that a case of assault and crimen injuria had been opened.
But the ANCYL Tshwane regional chairperson Lesego Makhubela said that this was only one of many incidents of racism in the Bronkhorstspruit area.
"This particular part of the region of Tshwane is the headquarters of racism," said Makhubela, "and that's where we believe the policy of expropriating land is implemented. The first farms that must be taken must be from this area."
Similar calls were made by ANC chairperson in Tshwane, Dr Kgosi Maepa.
"We are going to expropriate all the land of the farmers who are racist and abuse people," said Maepa.
The protests brought business to a standstill on 8 January, with even the magistrate court shutting its doors for the day.
Youth league leader Fidel Phiri said this was to make sure that more people took part in the protests.
"Otherwise business would have gone on as usual in town. Every struggle has its casualties and we apologise for the inconvenience," he said.
Nevertheless, Phiri said the march was a success. "We can shut you down!"
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