- EFF leader Julius Malema has taken aim at Cope leader Mosiuoa ‘Terror’ Lekota
- Malema called Lekota a historical mistake
- The EFF leader was not impressed by Lekota’s failure to support the land expropriation without compensation policy in Parliament
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has been in a fiery mood since Tuesday’s when Members of Parliament (MPs) voted overwhelmingly to adopt a policy which could lead to the introduction of land expropriation without compensation.
Malema lashed out the Democratic Alliance (DA) for not supporting the motion and said the EFF would no longer support the DA in coalition led metros. Malema then turned his sights on the leader of Cope Mosiuoa ‘Terror’ Lekota.
Malema blasted Lekota and called him a historical mistake. The EFF leader accused Lekota of abandoning his principles.
Briefly.co.za discovered that Malema made the remark during the debate stage immediately prior to MPs voting on the motion.
The motion was passed with a total of 241 votes for and only 83 against. The DA, Cope, Freedom Front Plus and ACDP voted against the motion which could lead to amendments being made to the Constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation.
“Comrade Terror, when you went to Robben Island you were black consciousness. When you came back you were a historical mistake," said Malema.
Malema told Lekota that his people were the same people who had emerged as victors from the revolution which he helped and for which he was imprisoned.
"Your people are the oppressed. Who are the oppressed? Blacks in general and Africans in particular. But consciousness when it escapes you it doesn't say goodbye. You're such a typical example of a person who has lost his political consciousness. But clearly, that university of life has dismally failed when it came to you," Malema said.
Lekota made a controversial speech in Parliament last week in which he asked President Ramaphosa who would decide which land would be taken from who.
"Are you going to take the properties of the great grandchildren of the Indian indentured labourers who came here?" Lekota asked.
"Are you going to take the properties of the French Hugenots and German refugees who came here, running away from religious wars in Europe?
"Is it going to be the property of great-grandchildren of slaves who came from the Malay peninsula and Philippines islands?"
""This Constitution says we are all South Africans. Who will you take the land from whom, and to whom will you give it?"
"If you are going to give the land to our people, please tell us: Who is not our people in this country? Am I not one of you?"
Lekota later said the questions he had asked needed to be the subject of debate in the National Assembly and could not simply be swept under the rug.
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