Malema does not hate white people

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File photo: Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema. Picture: Boxer Ngwenya

Johannesburg - EFF leader Julius Malema says he does not hate white people, and there will not be a white genocide under his rule.

“I do not hate white people. I want us to share in the countries (sic) wealth which is in the hands of the minority,” he said in an online chat on social networking site Facebook on Tuesday.

“There will never be a white genocide under our rule.”

Malema said South Africa was meant to be shared.

“White people are more than welcome to play a role in the EFF. SA is for them too.”

Malema was responding to questions from the public for an hour on Tuesday ahead of the May 7 general election. Many of the questions remained unanswered.

Malema said the Economic Freedom Fighters were against corruption.

“All leaders found guilty of corruption will not be allowed to operate in a leadership position within the EFF,” he said.

Malema himself faces fraud and corruption charges related to a R52 million contract being awarded to On-Point Engineering. The State alleged that Malema substantially benefited from the tender payment to On-Point, using it to buy a farm and a Mercedes-Benz.

It claimed that Malema's Ratanang Family Trust was an indirect shareholder in On-Point. His case was due to be heard in September in the High Court in Polokwane.

In March, The Star reported that charges against four of his alleged business associates had been dismissed. Malema had made representation to the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) to have the charges against him dropped. The NDPP had not yet made a decision.

Malema was also trying to settle his tax bill to avoid being barred from Parliament.

On February 10, Malema was provisionally sequestrated by the High Court in Pretoria. Malema and anyone else who did not want the order to be made final had until 10am on May 26 to give reasons as to why this should not happen.

On Tuesday, Facebooker Tommy Thomo Talana asked Malema who will lead the EFF in Parliament if the final sequestration order is granted.

“That will never happen,” said Malema.

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