RESPECT: Find out what it means to EFF
Leader Julius Malema whipped up hearts, minds and probably votes in a frenzy of emotional utterances in KZN
The Economic Freedom Fighters are taking credit for schooling whites and Indians in KwaZulu-Natal on how to respect black people.
EFF commander-in-chief Julius Malema was addressing thousands of EFF supporters outside the Newcastle Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
Malema appeared in the northern KZN town on charges under the 1956 Riotous Assemblies Act and the Trespass Act for inciting people to occupy any vacant land they find. The charges stem from two incidents in 2014 and 2017.
In 2014 he told the EFF’s elective conference in Bloemfontein: “We’re going to occupy the unoccupied land because we need land. For us to eat‚ we must have the land. For us to work‚ we must have the land. I come from Seshego – if there is unoccupied land‚ we will go and occupy the land with my branch. You must go and do the same in the branch where you come from.”
In June 2017‚ Malema told supporters in Newcastle that white people could not claim ownership of land because it belonged to the country’s black African majority.
However, the Newcastle matter was adjourned because Malema has challenged the constitutionality of the charges against him in the Pretoria High Court in December.
Judgment was reserved on the matter.
After the matter was remanded, Malema strode outside, posing for selfies with supporters before taking the stage before a throng in EFF T-shirts. “Today there is some element of respect from the Indians and whites in KZN because of the EFF. Indians are no longer doing as they please because workers tell them ‘I will call the EFF’. Even white people, they now start to behave because workers say if you go on like this we will call the EFF,” he said.
“We [the EFF] are the weapon in the hands of African people. We are the spear and AK47,” he added.
Malema has been known for his controversial utterances about relations between African and Indian people in KZN.
“We know that the Freedom Charter says this land belongs to all us and that people will settle wherever they choose to do so. When we say occupy whichever land you see, we are echoing the sentiments expressed in the freedom charter,” he said to rapturous applause.
“This is Shaka Zulu’s land. Not van Wyk and Van Tonder’s ... This land belongs to our traditional leaders who fought with these bastards and they thought they defeated our forefathers and they will defeat us now. Let them come.”
Malema urged EFF supporters not to be scared of white people, but to confront and defeat them.
“Fighters, we need the land into the hands of black people. We will deliver the land; we are amending the constitution to give you the land without paying. Whether we are charged or not, so bring us to court, it won’t help AfriForum or racist white people. We are amending the constitution, whether they like it or not,” he said.
Malema also urged his supporters to vote, saying a vote was the only way to secure the land.
“The ANC are now getting cold feet, they are scared, so we need to remove the ANC. If we cannot remove the ANC we need to bring them below 50% ... We must have power to negotiate the transfer of land into the hands of people,” he said.
Malema is expected back in court on July 8.