Malema calls for land 'revolution'

2010-09-07 13:44

Johannesburg - The land revolution was a necessary one, but South Africa was not going to go the way of Zimbabwe, ANC Youth League president Julius Malema said on Tuesday.

"We are not going to do it that way [like Zimbabwe]. We are going to pass legislation," he told the Mining for Change conference in Sandton.

Malema said the state would make an offer to land owners which they would be compelled to take.

"You don't give us an offer... you are too expensive," he said.

He said large parts of South Africa, in the Western Cape in particular, were in foreign hands.

"This country belongs to the people who live in it, black and white.... its important as we move forward that we redistribute this land to the people of South Africa."

In punting nationalisation of the South African mines, Malema said white men continued to get richer while black women, particularly rural women continued to get poorer.

"If we don't take a radical stance to intervene, rural women will never realise economic freedom in their lifetime."

Black women in rural areas were also denied land - ownership of which plays a critical role in participating in the South African economy.

Draw investment

The nationalisation of South Africa's mines should not scare investors but could attract greater investment, Malema said.

"We believe we will attract more than enough investors.”

While the country has been warned that talk of nationalisation would be off-putting to investors, Malema said there should be no need for them to flee when the subject was still an open debate in a democracy.

"We are not grabbing mines here. We are talking about how we can use our mineral resources to improve the lives of our people.”

  • What Eva Julie!! - 2010-09-07 13:50

    Sooooo.... for those who did work hard and spend honoust money to buy land- are you going to compensate them personally Julie? PS: The wine farms and all that are in trusts- R U GOING TO Pay them out too? Just checking- you must be stinking rich Huh Brother?

  • badprop - 2010-09-07 13:51

    As far as I know there were no blacks in the Western Cape when the Dutch first arrived, They nearest blacks were in east coast, (east london and above). So the land never belonged to them, why not ask for it as well.

  • Stop_The_Tolls - 2010-09-07 13:58

    And what do you do with the land once you have it ? A country prospers not by giving land to everyone, but by making good use of that land eg. By farming properly and having a high crop yield that you can export. That creates jobs and wealth.

  • john - 2010-09-07 13:58

    Go JUJU - you never disappoint! hehehhee Couldnt quite follow some of the logic, but nevermind boet.! Amandla!

  • Derek - 2010-09-07 13:59

    I wish I could believe him.

  • Gareth - 2010-09-07 13:59

    Malema and his followers are so stupid . . . not worth a comment.

  • Van - 2010-09-07 14:00

    ...said the spider to the fly.

  • Molomo - 2010-09-07 14:02

    izwe lethu! 16 years late!

  • Jaco - 2010-09-07 14:02

    Malema! Keep our mouth shut!! You are an idiot!!! Do South Africa a favour and go play some where else!

  • Nick - 2010-09-07 14:02

    This is the only way that Malenema can get his name in the press, and garner support - by making sensationalist comments by promising something for nothing.

  • jean van der walt - 2010-09-07 14:02

    Jy is n joke!!!!

  • TAXMAN - 2010-09-07 14:03

    surely you only have a claim to land where your so called ancestors were once living my knowledge when the dutch came to south africa in cape town there were no blacks zulus xhosas living there so surely you have no valid claims to that land, same goes for much of the fact you can only do your land revovolution in kzn and;y hottentots are entitled to land in the western cape not other blakcs that orinigally came from other parts of africa

  • jimmy007 - 2010-09-07 14:03

    land audit is very important,people are no longer farming they are just putting elect-fence around and inflating the price so that black people can not buy the land.people are just squshed in the villages and farmer are owning hector and hector of land.For example the distance betwwen zeerust and lekgophung is 120km,So it is lekgophung and supingstad as vilages and from there its farms all the way to zeerust and no black prson owns any farm from there.

  • pawpaw - 2010-09-07 14:03

    In other news, white men continue to become smarter while .. nevermind..

  • hlelo - 2010-09-07 14:04

    Malema, please talk about issues which related to the youth.Not about about issues related to individual. When was the last time you talk about education, drugs, AWARENESS OF AIDS, ETC. Do you take care of body!!!!!!!???????

  • ian - 2010-09-07 14:04

    Malema should hold his mouth until he is certain of what he is talking about. Each day it is a differnt stance. What the hell should investors think.

  • George Nowak - 2010-09-07 14:04

    It seems like Malema is in the vanguard of our new political dispensation, an IDIOCRACY. In this one he'll be supported by Cosatu and their call for No Work, More Pay. Investors will continue to invest while we debate nationalisation. !

  • South African - 2010-09-07 14:04

    Maybe all the parliamentarians and government workers should stop wasting money and give it to the poor and leave the farmers and their land alone. How many million was spent on 30 televisions for a prison?? No-one has said a word further on all the money spent on SWC tickets. But now Malema wants farmers just to give up their land so that it can go waste too. It is a joke!!

  • Dazz - 2010-09-07 14:04

    So why doesn't Malema donate some of his money, he has all his flashy cars, sell them and donate the money these poor people. Most people on the farms have bought the land fair and square and have shed blood and tears to get it where is today.

  • JoeBlack - 2010-09-07 14:04

    Are you serious Malema? You sound just like Boss Robert.

  • Graeme - 2010-09-07 14:05

    Please lets not comment!!!!

  • Sigh - 2010-09-07 14:06

    WHITE men, BLACK woman, will it ever stop? South Africans?!?!

  • Theo Phutieagae - 2010-09-07 14:07

    I'm 100% behind Nationalization of mines, Our riches should not benefit just a few elite people whether white (The Oppermans) or black (The Motsepes)while majority of our people are still living in poverty.

  • Spikkels - 2010-09-07 14:07

    Hi Juju baby, help me out here. When you refer to improving the lives of "our people", do you mean all the people or just family members, friends and comrades?

  • Michael - 2010-09-07 14:08

    With attitudes like that instead of getting an education and participating in the economy, you will be singing that song, "Forever poor, I want to be forever poor...."

  • Eish.. - 2010-09-07 14:08

    So Mr. Malema, once you bought the hard worked for farms @ a bargain & replaced your incompotant ill funded brothers on the land. How do you then anticipate to feed the nation? No wonder you failed woodwork. You sir, are one very dumb character to make statements such as these. Never forget, it is foreign money that makes you round as you allready are. Chasing such away is digging your own poor grave.

  • Pire - 2010-09-07 14:09

    Shame, he is like a broken record player. He has 2 points on the agenda, since day one. Nothing new, nothing to help the people, no solutions for unemployment etc etc. Same mind set as mogabe and will make a terrible leader. (already is), and thats why he will flurish in SA...we have adopted the trent to have criminals as leaders, so he should fit in fine.

  • Frankie - 2010-09-07 14:09

    Can someone at the ANC stop Malema to make remarks out of the ANC policy?

  • Dave - 2010-09-07 14:09

    Why would the "Mining for Change" conference in Sandton invite Julius to be their speaker, if they wanted a comedian, they should have invited Joe Parker.

  • Leonard John - 2010-09-07 14:10

    Dear Mal Emma White Males in this country has worked hard to be able to buy land. Their land was not received by stealing the land. You remember that. Then there are many more white males who can not own land because they can also not afford the land. That is how the money game works. Save and buy land. Its the same for everyone, BLACK & White.

  • Vukani - 2010-09-07 14:11

    Malema is my non official president. I hope he becomes the next president. He has the vision and the compassion to help all of his people out of their poverty. Viva Malema

  • Juan - 2010-09-07 14:11

    People who can't pass woodwork shouldn't make economic pronouncements. He should read up on the con-sti-tu-tion: grabbing land is illegal, by the way.

  • Take Everything - 2010-09-07 14:13

    What about wotking for what you want or is that the old fashioned way of doing things? From here it would seem that the majority is entitled to something for nothing!!!!! SAD its looking like Zim Already

  • Ronald TSHITAHE - 2010-09-07 14:13

    i think the land should go back to the rightful owners (blak or white ) but manly blacks cos they where disavantaged during apartheid. i salute you MALIMA for that one.

  • Nasdaq7 - 2010-09-07 14:13

    Malema perhaps you should give us examples in the world where land distribution did work? I'm listening, I'm all ears? Anywhere in the world? In history? We have Africa and we have Zimbabwe and we now have the experiences in South Africa: 95% of South African farmers that received land have failed. Your promises are just that, promises: that SA won't follow Zimbabwe. Why don't you just go study. Oh yes, you wouldn't even be allowed to study at any university or technicon. Your school marks are too low!

  • Really African - 2010-09-07 14:14

    Julius, I am with you brother, there is bo freedon without land, whether we go Zim way or not, land should be on the blacks hand. Africa for Africans! Viva ANCYL Viva, forward young lions forward!

  • coen - 2010-09-07 14:14

    Hi BRa . Sell the Breitling and one BMW and distubute the income amongst the poor rural woman in your area. That can help them and they will experience some financial freedom.

  • isakd - 2010-09-07 14:15

    Why not taking the mines anymore. Nice acid water which belong to the government already. common Mr Malema why back tracking now??

  • Theo @ bdprop - 2010-09-07 14:15

    You're a real Bad Prop just like your brother BEES, You must read your grade 3 History book again, who said the was no one staying in the Western Cape.President Malema says the Land should be distributed back to thier rightful owners not just blacks but South Africans.

  • kiewiet - 2010-09-07 14:15

    And here we go again..... blah blah blah fishpaste. Useless words from a useless person

  • Riaan - 2010-09-07 14:15

    Is PDiv and MALema brothers????

  • Major Shistirrer - 2010-09-07 14:17

    I quote from an article that was published in the Natal Witness in December 2001 - nine years later, the situation is even worse: "Philip du Toit of the Agricultural Employers Association cites the trashing of several once outstanding agricultural projects as a result of ANC land reform policy. Zebediela Citrus Estate, once the largest of its kind in the world with an annual harvest worth R30 million, is in ruins today losing more than R35 million per annum. Taken over by the Agricultural and Rural Development Corporation, its managers were replaced by people who had no farming experience. Half the citrus trees have died and hundreds of employees have been retrenched. The Lisbon Citrus and Mango Estate, once our largest exporter of mangoes, has met a similar fate. So has the Saringwa Estate in the Lowland which is now R17 million in debt. The Gillemsberg Citrus and Cattle Boerdery, once debt free and producing R14 million per year, has been totally plundered. This once magnificent 25 000 hectare gem is now a huge squatter camp. One of the largest pig farms in the country was also handed over in a ceremony attended by Nelson Mandela himself who claimed that the farm would serve "as a breadbasket of the community". Today all the pigs are gone and squatters are living in their pens. Around the country examples abound of the systematic destruction of the last remaining food exporting infrastructure in Africa. As in Zimbabwe, the claim of "racial imbalance" in land ownership is a red herring. With the government owning around 25% of South Africa's land, there is ample land available for those who want to work it. But that is not being distributed. Instead organised agriculture is being strangled to death by those who seek only to occupy farms and not to continue their productivity." The prosecution rests.

  • MJAPAN - 2010-09-07 14:18

    The land never bouhgt, the land never sold. Why must we pay for it now? Take it by force, looks like Juju has gone soft. He must be replaced !!!

  • Rob - 2010-09-07 14:20

    I have never been given anything for free in my entire life. I have had to work hard and save for everything I have got.I was 10 years old at the end of apartheid and now you think you are going to tell me how much my land is worth and how much I will be compensated when you try and take it away regardless of whether I agree or not? You're a real bright spark you moron!

  • Greg - 2010-09-07 14:20

    Robert, Robert, Robert go boy you wreck the place.

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  • Vuzi - 2010-09-07 14:21

    What an Idiot....

  • Brian - 2010-09-07 14:24

    Julias ROBERT GABRIEL Malemo???????

  • John - 2010-09-07 14:25

    I find this outrageous! Mining engeneers with MBA's find it difficult to make money in mining. This guy have never been to university or even work on a mine. Does he know the difference between turnover and profit. Please gag him!

  • Observer - 2010-09-07 14:26

    I wonder if Juju knows that since SA has been involved in land transformation, a few things have changed. For example, we used to export bananas. Now we import them. If you want to give the land to the Blacks, please make sure they are able to farm otherwise our food security is going to disappear. Who is going to bail us out as we can't flee south like some others did!

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