Commander in Chief of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Julius Malema, said he was ready to die a martyr, if that meant following through on a mandate that the African National Congress (ANC) failed to deliver on.
Malema, speaking outside the Bloemfontein High Court on Friday, reminded supporters what the struggle was and always had been about.
“I am very happy to appear before a court of law. Not because I stole money from the poor but because I am fighting for the right thing. When you are persecuted for fighting for the right thing, then you know you will die a martyr,” said Malema on Friday.
“The martyrs are those who are persecuted for fighting for the rights of the downtrodden and the poor masses of our people,” added Malema, explaining that he had now fallen into that bracket.
He said the redistribution of land had always been at the forefront of struggle in South Africa, adding that the time had come for the EFF to take over that baton from the ANC.
“It is not Julius Malema who is on trial. But the EFF is on trial. Because the EFF demanded that the right thing must be done. The right thing is that the land must be returned into the hands of our people,” said Malema.
“At the core of our struggle is the demand for land. The reason why there were political parties for black people in South Africa, it is because they demanded the land. The first party to be formed was the ANC in 1912, following the wars of dispossession.
“The ANC was not formed to organise a 20-million farewell party for Ace Magashule. The ANC was not formed to fight for positions and to enrich individuals and their families. So I am very happy to be here today.