Commander in Chief of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Julius Malema, said what happens to the land once it is expropriated is nobody else’s business.
Malema said the EFF would not be blackmailed and threatened by anybody, as the wheels of expropriation without compensation have already been set in motion. He said there was nothing they could say or do to deter them from that goal.
“We want the land. As to what we are going to do with the land, is our business,” Malema told supporters at a Human Rights Day rally in Ermelo on Wednesday.
“It is none of your business. We want Africa back, Africa belongs to Africans. Anyone else who wants to come and join us, we are prepared to welcome you. You shall stay in Africa through the conditions of Africans,” added Malema.
The CIC also sought to dispel of the notion that investors would flee South Africa in a hurry if land was expropriated without compensation. One of South Africa’s main investors is mining giant Anglo American.
Malema told supporters that it was not in the interests of Anglo American or any other heavily invested company to part ways with South Africa. He said the investor threat was an empty one.
“They tell us that if we take land without paying, then the investors will go. Let me tell you who they are talking about when they talk about investors.
“They are talking about Anglo American. Anglo American, they will leave South Africa to where? Anglo American has got investment in China. Yet China owns the land. Why would you leave a country where they want the land to a country, where the land is already owned by the people?”
He said the resistance to expropriation was actually driven by the desire to continue building economic empires on the backs of black South Africans. Malema said the time for exploitation of blacks would now be a thing of the past.