SA’s Malema tells back­ers to seize white-owned land

The Star (Kenya) - - News World -

South African op­po­si­tion fire­brand Julius Malema told his fol­low­ers yes­ter­day to seize any piece of white­owned land they wanted, de­fy­ing a court try­ing him on charges of in­cit­ing vi­o­lent prop­erty grabs.

Malema ad­dressed cheer­ing mem­bers of his ul­tra-left Eco­nomic Free­dom Fight­ers party near the court­room in Bloem­fontein, after a judge ad­journed the po­lit­i­cally charged hear­ing.

“When we leave here, you will see any beau­ti­ful piece of land, you like it, oc­cupy it, it be­longs to you... It is the land that was taken from us by white peo­ple by force through geno­cide,” he said.

Malema has ral­lied an en­thu­si­as­tic band of back­ers through calls for the na­tion­al­i­sa­tion of mines and the curb­ing of whites’ eco­nomic power, build­ing on frus­tra­tion over the slow pace of eco­nomic progress for many blacks since the end of apartheid.

His three-year-old party con­trols 25 of South African’s 400 par­lia­men­tary seats. But there have been signs of grow­ing sup­port since he stepped up crit­i­cism of his former men­tor Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma.

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