Julius Malema tells #SouthAfrica blacks to seize white-owned land
South Africa’s Malema tells backers to seize white-owned land, defying court
14/11/2016 14:02, Pretoria/South Africa
(TAP) – South African opposition firebrand Julius Malema told his followers on Monday to seize any piece of white-owned land they wanted, defying a court trying him on charges of inciting violent property grabs.
Malema addressed cheering members of his ultra-left Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party near the courtroom in Bloemfontein, after a judge adjourned the politically charged hearing.
“When we leave here, you will see any beautiful piece of land, you like it, occupy it, it belongs to you… It is the land that was taken from us by white people by force through genocide,” he said.
Malema has rallied an enthusiastic band of backers through calls for the nationalization of mines and the curbing of whites’ economic power, building on frustration over the slow pace of economic progress for many blacks since the end of apartheid.
His three-year-old party controls 25 of South Africa’s 400 parliamentary seats. But there have been signs of growing support since he stepped up criticism of his former mentor President Jacob Zuma, currently embroiled in a series of scandals.