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White people should be treated as “criminals” for “stealing” land from black people, ANC Youth League president Julius Malema told an enthusiastic crowd in Kimberley yesterday where he appeared on the same platform as President Jacob Zuma.
Malema was the main attraction as he pulled out all the stops in his campaign for local elections, now just days away.
“They (whites) have turned our land into game farms… The willing-buyer, willing-seller (system) has failed,” Malema said.
“We must take the land without paying. They took our land without paying. Once we agree they stole our land, we can agree they are criminals and must be treated as such,” he said to cheers from a crowd of about 3 000 people at the Galeshewe stadium, just outside Kimberley.
Although Zuma was billed as the main speaker, it was Malema – affectionately known as “Juju-baby” in these parts – who stole the show.
As service delivery protests continue across the country, Malema chastised the “spoilt brats” who complained that the ANC had not delivered basic services.
He said protesters were “burning tyres in townships on a tar road delivered to them by the ANC”.
The youth leader also said he had seen people interviewed on television who said they were not going to vote in the coming election.
“But this person is watering his garden and behind him stands an RDP house – and then he says he doesn’t see delivery. We must never entertain such spoilt brats,” he said to more cheers.
Malema also criticised corrupt practices by councillors, such as selling on RDP houses or giving preference to family and friends on housing lists. This went down well with the crowd, which got to its feet and roared with approval when he said: “You shouldn’t have to sleep with a councillor to get an RDP house.”
Malema pushed his nationalisation agenda, saying the government could not afford to create jobs or to build a university in the Northern Cape – a 2009 campaign promise made by Zuma – because “there is no money”.
“Where is the money? It is in the hands of the Oppenheimers, who mine diamonds right here in Kimberley and leave nothing behind.
“One family has benefited for generation after generation, but there is nothing looking like a diamond here in Galeshewe,” he said to enthusiastic applause.
“Political freedom without economic power means nothing. You can vote until you turn yellow, but without economic freedom it means nothing,” he added, saying the youth league was not “requesting permission” to nationalise the country’s natural assets.
In its recently released economic policy discussion document, the league makes it clear that land, minerals and other key assets should be nationalised, without compensation to current title holders.
The issue will be debated at the ANC’s policy conference next year after the league succeeded on getting it on to the party’s agenda at its national general council in September last year.
Malema said his calls for nationalisation were “nothing new” as the Freedom Charter spelt out the same goals. Former president Nelson Mandela himself had urged the party to strive for economic emancipation once political freedom was attained, according to Malema.
He went on to dish out his customary insults to opposition parties, calling DA leader Helen Zille a “dancing monkey” from “monkey town”.
“You allow the madam to kiss your children when you know the madam does not care about your children. They kill our people when they confuse them with baboons. The madam will never be president,” he said.
Cope, the PAC and the IFP received similar treatment.
Referring to Cope’s leadership squabbles, Malema joked, “You can’t form a political party when you are angry because the day you smile that party will die – you must then be angry forever.”
The PAC was a spent force and the IFP was never a political party, but was formed as a “cultural organisation”, he said.
Malema also came to the defence of Northern Cape ANC provincial chairman John Block, who is facing corruption charges. Block has been implicated in a multi-million rand tender scandal related to the provision of medical oxygen and water purification plants.
People were out to “destroy” Block because he was the face of the ANC in the province, but such attacks were in fact attacks on the “integrity” of the ANC, Malema said.
Malema’s wooing of the crowd quickly dissipated when Zuma took to the stage, however. People listened intently to what he had to say.
The president urged people not to “waste” their votes on opposition parties and criticised those who planned not to vote as having fallen victim to “effective propaganda”.
“If you love yourself and you love your vote, why do you vote for a party that you know is going to lose anyway? What is the logic – to vote to lose?” he asked.
Zuma said the ANC was different to other parties, saying it was a “movement of the people” first, and a political party second. - Deon de Lange
Sitting on the same platform was Jacob Zuma what did he say! Go for it my boy say what I want to say but can t because I wont get invited to the palaces again.
Malema should be charged with sedition.
Julius, I wish you would come to your senses, and ask what has the government done for the Northern Cape, or South Africa for that matter. Why should the Oppenheimer's or any other investor want to invest in this country, where they continuously get insulted and accussed of being criminals. You wouldn't have your Breitling watch or C63 AMG if people like the Oppenheimers didn't pay taxes. If you and your tenderpreneur buddies weren't so busy bleeding the government coffers dry, maybe, just maybe, there would be money to build universities etc, and provide communities with basic services....
What an idiot.
douglas hendry, wrote
Would it be possible to call in the Navy Seals to solve the Malema problem? They got Bin Laden. Then perhaps Mugabe? If only.
This man is committing crimen injuria against white people, violating our right to dignity and propagating hate speech. I would like to see ordinary white South Africans laying criminal charges against him. So go down to your police station and lay a charge.
"I will mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." ~Martin Luther King Jr
Anton Fredericks, wrote
At what point will the populus wake up see this clown for what he represents. If the President was at this rally and nothing prevent the "Hate" speach. Then the only conclusion can be that he not only approves of what been said but also supports it. Aurora Mines is that an example of what will happen if the ANC gets hold of these assets. If you got nothing now wait until nationalization. One can't but wonder what the future holds. What did all those old "Freedom Fighters" fight for..
When will people learn. Its not the whites, or blacks that you want. It's the rich. :)
Boesman DuToit, wrote
He does not know what history is all about. would to God that his ancestors kept records of the past, unfortunately they did not.Whites were here before the Africans crossed the Limpopo.He also does not know God who is in control of History, when he dies only then will he know...Too Late. We hope he lives till Jesus comes too face Judgement if it does not happen sooner...Shame poor boy...Still but a boy without hope!
Why is there a long drawn out trial about hate speech when the same perpetrator is using political platforms to incite people to violence in the company of his ANC masters? C'mon Afriforum, what more do you need to put this idiot behind bars?
You know... It is about time that we stop sitting here tolerating this clearly provocative and evil person and his political party... For the entire time they have been in power things have just kept getting worse.. And now this JuJu is provoking a full on civil war... It's about time that we decide to stand together as real South Africans black, white etc and put an end to this tyranny. Ask yourself... If you were president, would you tolerate these happenings? Would you take action and stop all of this for the people's sake? There is rape, murder and general lawlessness running amok in our streets, would you try and fight this? would you want to relieve people of their fear of living in this country? Why are you just sitting there doing nothing to better the situation? Let us stand together as real South Africans and take action and lead this country to salvation... Let us make our stand now! I will fight and die for this country, but i will not fight and die for the people that don't care and expect everything to be done for them... I just emailed the White House in the U.S with a short message explaining what is going on here. let us hope that something can be done to prevent this war first of all..
Free Citizen, wrote
No my fellow Citizens. Ignore Malema, he is just a diversion, a puppet boy. The ANC has gone to such length in their corruption that nobody in that party is clean any longer. That is why they turn on each other. The ANC has reached it's peak and it is in it's death throes. The deterioration is unstoppable. That is why they need Malema to divert attention from their criminal activities as much as possible. He needs to entertain the media and the public with his outrageous behaviour. That is why he gets away with insults, hate-speech, lies and the most idiotic statements. Ignore the village idiot and begin to inform yourselves. Then make certain that you are not wasting your ONLY power when it is time to make your cross. Your vote to a party which insists to call themselves the "ruling" party instead of the SERVING party, already gave away their one and only intention: that is to possess power, not to serve the nation. I hope enough people will understand this reality and know who NOT to vote for...
FIRST of all Malema should get his Facts right.Gonna blame the white's only?I am german and American Indian a yes resent his comment 100% . How can someone be educated in American history but believe it was their land ,when it was my fore fathers land first! Read his english mr malema!
The most frieghtening aspect here is the people who consider this man no threat.Laugh him off at your own peril. He is no fool and acts under instruction from ANC. Mugabe' used Hitler Hunzvi , to espouse the intentions of Zanu PF , thus being able to always point the finger away from him personally.But the Pillage of the Agriculture sector Took place none the same. As it shall in SA.....except they also want the mines. Be prepared. ci vis pacem para bellum...!!
Eastern Cape, wrote
Has anybody had first hand knowledge of what the farms look like today that have been expropriated by the government and given to whoever is the new recipient. Well I’m going to impart a little jewel of information. What was once beautiful high yielding agricultural farms in the Eastern Cape are all falling apart , many homesteads which once saw magnificent splendor are crumbling on the roadside for all to see .Acres upon acres of fantastic farmland waiting to be farmed to their original splendor. Why take over well run commercial farms now , but rather build up these wasted remnants of a distant past.? Quite frankly I don’t think it’s a land thing as all the farms they have taken over are now all broken but something more devious and evil is on the horizon
White people posting comments as blacks, so stupid...
Why does nobody take any action ? You have only yourselves to blame, sue the creton, stand up for you dignity. Make him prove you are all criminals or pay up. Come one, have some balls and a backbone.
with all said Julius forgot to mention how he got to Kimberley - in an "African" designed vehicle? his clothes - all designed and made in Africa? his mobile phone, etc etc all products of those he so hates! The irony!
Your classic non swimmer...!