Julius Malema reiterates that he wants to get rid of SA's borders

Julius Malema reiterates that he wants to get rid of SA's borders

- Julius Malema says he will remove South Africa's borders if he takes power

- He criticised borders, saying they were imposed on Africans

- Malema also claimed that dealing with South Africa's illegal immigration problem would be unlikely to address high unemployment

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Julius Malema says if he is elected president, he will get ride of South Africa's borders.

He said the EFF wanted to make the continent a borderless pan-African community.

He made the comments while speaking to 702 talk radio host, Eusebius Mckaiser.

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Malema said that removing South Africa's borders would be an act of decolonisation. He went on to argue that poor South Africans took out their frustrations on foreigners, often in the form of xenophobic violence, according to The Citizen.

His comments make for a radical policy stance, which is markedly different from the approaches to the border proposed by by both the ANC and DA. The ANC had pledged to take more action against illegal immigrants, while the DA has actively campaigned on strengthening border security.

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Some DA figures, like Herman Mashava, have said that border security is essential for a prosperous South Africa, Briefly.co.za has gathered.

Malema's stance on removing borders seems to be aimed at promoting a kind of unified Pan-Africa. In response to a caller's question, he said that borders had been imposed on Africans by white people.

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He went on to claim that even if South Africa got rid of illegal immigrants, the country would likely still have a serious unemployment problem. He said this kind of situation would still lead to tribalism.

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Source: Briefly News

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