Malema: Refuse to vacate land

Malema: Refuse to vacate land

2011-10-24 08:01

Johannesburg - ANC Youth League president Julius Malema has urged hundreds of Bantu Bonke township residents in Vereeniging not to vacate the mineral-rich land they occupy, should anyone want them to move.

"We heard Anglo (mining company) wants you to move... they said there's alternative land because they have discovered a mineral," Malema told the community in a packed hall on Sunday.

He said they had the right to continue living on their land and be party to mining and agricultural activity.

"Even the houses they want to give you are not proper houses. The land must be given to the people... people have been killed for this land."

AfriForum has laid a criminal charge of incitement to sedition against Malema, after he told people in Thembelihle in Lenasia, south of Johannesburg, last week to forcefully occupy land.

On Saturday, Malema told residents in Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg, that he would not respond to AfriForum's criminal charges. He said he was prepared to go to jail in his fight for the poor.

Malema's visits are a way of drumming up support ahead of the league's "economic freedom" mass march expected to take place on Thursday and Friday. The league will target the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in Sandton, the Chamber of Mines in Johannesburg and the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

Malema, donning a black beret, said the government must return the land owned by white farmers to its people.

"They (whites) found us here. They did not bring any land nor did they bring any minerals."

He then broke into his alternative rendition of Dubul' iBhunu (shoot the boer) called "kiss the boer", dancing and waving his fist as people took videos and pictures of him, while others joined in chorus.

He left in convoy soon after his address.

So far, Malema has visited Thembelihle, Diepsloot and Ivory Park and the Methodist Church at Ratanda in Heidelburg to mobilise support for the march.

His message constantly stressed the fight for economic emancipation, and ensuring that communities benefit from democracy.

A few community members that had waited in anticipation for Malema's arrival in Evaton ended up leaving the Sicelo Community Hall where he was scheduled to speak on Sunday afternoon.

It later emerged that Malema abandoned the rest of his Sunday programme, which also included a visit to Sebokeng's Zone 14, due to "logistical reasons".

"We were not comfortable in terms of preparations. People have been told that he won't be coming any more," said the league's additional member to the national executive committee Khusela Sangoni.

It was unlikely that Malema would return to these places due to his hectic programme ahead of the march, she said.

His disciplinary hearing will continue on Wednesday, at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

It is speculated that ANC stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and ANC national executive committee member Tony Yengeni will be the final witnesses to testify on Malema's defence.

Malema has been charged by the ANC in connection with his call for regime change in Botswana. 

  • Christelle - 2011-10-24 08:14

    And there goes more foreign investment, more jobs, more stability, and a better life for all right out the door. And Zuma thinks he leads the country???

      Mandla - 2011-10-24 18:22

      If investers do not understand South African problems then they should`nt investing in SA.Most of the people were complaining about the Dala Lama issue but did not bother to focus on the investers concerns if he visist SA.Who then is our invester because America is on the brick of colapsing due to effect of war costs.

  • Jannie - 2011-10-24 08:27

    Give him more/enough rope - He will hang himself.

      Nuck Choris - 2011-10-24 09:17

      In a normal educated society you would be correct. But with Winnie and Yengeni still running around it is obvious that does not apply in SA. The more Reprehensible they become, the more the masses hold them aloft. It boggles the mind. Anyhow I am sure Gaddaffi used to wear berets and funny headgear, and look what happened to just sayin

  • Kevin - 2011-10-24 08:28

    Mr Malema has a very distorted sense of duty, he says he'll go to jail for the poor, but cannot make it to the Sunday afternoon meeting scheduled? What amazes me is that no-one calls him to account for the nonsense he speaks and practices. I am more concerned about the intelligence levels of the voters than the candidates!!!

      Nisreen - 2011-10-24 09:02

      I absolutely agree with you Kevin, it is really sad

  • DieSpytwurm - 2011-10-24 08:59

    "They (whites) found us here. They did not bring any land nor did they bring any minerals." lol how do you think the strongest country in the world got born? How do you think the roman empire grew? The world is not for weak places. We (whites) defended when england tried to kill for our land. Where were you (non whites). ?

  • Tikay - 2011-10-24 11:19

    Mr Malema, when will you go after the banks instead after people that provide jobs? The banks are causing the biggest slaughter in the land. They throw old people in the streets, after they had the market going belly up. The banks are guilty of the state of the economies in the whole world, as they did all the damage. They brought the business to stand still because they are greedy and Godless. You should go after them to stop the carnage and to give back the houses they stole from the children. You want to be a politician with the people's respect, go after those thieves. Julius, if you really want the people to support you and to be their champion, go after their dirty deals.

  • Deborah - 2011-10-24 12:47

    Sadly not all black people were found in SA....The San people and the Zulus were the predominant tribe here, if whites must go then why not every illegal immigrant, black and coloured and indian included!!!! these comments make our country go into economic downturn!!!! i have seen land given back after re-distribution, when is SA gonna admit that SA land is not fit for subsistance farming and this route will see us all starve!

  • Ed - 2011-10-24 12:58

    Juju....if you had to focus on something that would make everybody happy, then that would be great. For example...if you could rather focus on the R30000000000 (R30bn) government corruption every year, you would be able to GIVE 1000000 people each R30000! but why go after your corrupt friends when you can rather go after the people who actually work hard and pay their taxes...

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