Even when threatened and actually faced with a pending court summon, Julius Malema is firm in his resolve to get back black owned lands from the whites.
In one of his political addresses, he urged his supporters to take over unoccupied lands. He says the Whites in their midst have been too comfortable for too long.
“The white man has been too comfortable for too long.”
For mandating blacks to take back their lands and occupy unoccupied lands, Malema has been charged with land invasion under the section 18(2) b of the Riotous Assemblies Act of 1956.
Malema however has contravened the act, emphasizing that it was an apartheid law and should be found unconstitutional. Malema says the charges against him were so because the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) believes that he was threatening the peace of the whites.
To that, Malema says there is still more to come.
“We are not calling for the slaughter of white people‚ at least for now… The rightful owners of the land are black people. No white person is a rightful owner of the land here in South Africa and whole of the African continent.”
“This is our continent it belongs to us. We want our land. It must come with everything. The land comes with the sea. The sea belongs to us. The fish in the sea belongs to us. The land comes with the trees. The trees belong to us. That includes dagga. It belongs to us. We want it back.”
“We want everything that comes with the land…The minerals‚ gold‚ diamonds‚ platinum‚ coals everything that comes with land belongs to us.”
Malema will challenge the Riotous Assemblies Act in court. Given the postponement of his court summon till 7th December, Malema hopes to use that time to appeal against the act; calling it unconstitutional.
He tells the NPA that he was not the problem, instead what is, is “monopoly capital” which has not been beneficial to black South Africans.
Regardless of the charges, Malema says he is not backing down on the land retrieval quest, even if it means going to prison for it. The EFF has equally shown solidarity to their leader by suggesting that the entire party be found guilty.