The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) will become the new ruling party in South Africa, leader Julius Malema has said.
“We are going to take this government and once we take it, we are not going to negotiate, we are going to take our land,” he said today at an EFF rally in Sebokeng, south of Johannesburg.
“We are going to take it because its our land.”
He told a cheering crowd that he would not be intimidated by anyone. “They will say all sorts of things about us, but they will never shake us,” he said. “If they want to disrupt our meetings, we are waiting.”
Malema urged residents not to be scared. “We must never be intimidated. We all have a right to be involved in politics.” He told residents that the EFF was there to defend them. “There is no one who is going to tell us this is a no-go area. We can go anywhere in South Africa,” he said.
“There is no one who’s going to take your pension. We are here to defend you.”
Malema was at the rally with businessman Kenny Kunene and expelled ANC Youth League spokesman Floyd Shivambu. He said earlier that the African National Congress needed Jesus to return to earth, because the party had become arrogant.
“They said they were going to rule until Jesus comes back. What kind of statement is that?” he asked. “They need Jesus. So Jesus has come back, they must go out. They are not the Alpha and Omega.” He said the people of the country were the “Alpha and Omega”.
“You must exercise power. We can take over this government,” Malema said. In March 2009 President Jacob Zuma told ANC supporters in Mpumalanga that the party would rule until Jesus returned.
Malema, who previously held the position of ANC Youth League president, was expelled from the party last year.
He launched the EFF “protest movement” on Thursday.
He said at the time that the EFF had a plan that included the non-negotiable principles of land expropriation and nationalisation of mines, both without compensation.
It was also strongly opposed to foreign land ownership.
“There will never be foreign ownership of land, that is what we will do when we take over.” Malema warned South Africans on Thursday to prepare for the sacrifices that would come with the EFF’s envisaged revolution.
“There will be a day when we will wake up without bread on the shelves. We will learn to make our own bread.” He said the EFF would have firm anti-corruption policies.
Malema is facing corruption charges in the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court.
He is accused of making nearly R4 million from corrupt activities. He is out on bail of R10 000 and faces charges of fraud, corruption, money-laundering, and racketeering.
- Sapa M&G