Help fight graft, prop­erty own­ers told

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - QUIN­TON MTYALA

THE EFF’s com­man­der-in-chief, Julius Malema, took the stage and told an au­di­to­rium full of mostly white prop­erty own­ers that they were ben­e­fi­cia­ries of a crime against hu­man­ity.

Malema and the EFF have ag­i­tated for a land re­form pro­gramme that would make the state the cus­to­dian of all land in South Africa, ar­gu­ing that black South Africans had been force­fully dis­pos­sessed, and that land should be re­turned to its “right­ful own­ers”.

Speak­ing to del­e­gates at the SA Prop­erty Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (Sapoa) con­ven­tion at the Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, Malema said: “This coun­try was founded on a dis­rup­tion, a crime against hu­man­ity, of which prop­erty own­ers sitting at this con­ven­tion were the ben­e­fi­cia­ries.”

He said colo­nial­ism and apartheid were a dis­rup­tion of the prop­erty re­la­tions of the na­tive pop­u­la­tion, in favour of a racist, anti-black colo­nial prop­erty or­der.

“That is still the re­al­ity of the black ma­jor­ity to­day. Every 20 years be­tween 1946 and 2010 there was a prop­erty boom in South Africa,” said Malema.

He said these booms were of­ten pre­ceded by in­creased state cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­ture.

“This means, sitting here to­day are ben­e­fi­cia­ries of a crime against hu­man­ity.

“And you are also the great­est ben­e­fi­cia­ries of a post-apartheid or­der.

“You ben­e­fited from the op­pres­sion of the prop­erty-less, to­day you also ben­e­fit from a democ­racy that was brought by the prop­erty-less, yet they still re­main in that po­si­tion as you have got­ten richer,” said Malema.

He said the com­mer­cial prop­erty sec­tor was worth R5.8 tril­lion with land zoned for com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ments worth R520 bil­lion.

Malema said Sapoa’s mem­bers con­trolled ap­prox­i­mately 90% of all com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial prop­er­ties in South Africa.

He said that ac­cord­ing to the “Trans­for­ma­tion Sec­tor Chap­ter Coun­cil”, of the R2 tril­lion com­mer­cial prop­erty mar­ket, black own­er­ship was at less than 1%.

“The Prop­erty Sec­tor Char­ter has failed dras­ti­cally in the past due to its un­bind­ing na­ture, thus the in­dus­try re­mains un­trans­formed,” said Malema.

He said the prop­erty sec­tor had to ac­tively sup­port the fight against cor­rup­tion in­stead of be­ing key­board war­riors on Twit­ter and Face­book, say­ing that soon gov­ern­ment cor­rup­tion would af­fect their bot­tom lines.

“They will steal elec­tions, use se­cu­rity forces to sup­press op­po­si­tion.

“We are head­ing right in the di­rec­tion of a state and in­sti­tu­tional fail­ure; we are fast ap­proach­ing the high­est state of law­less­ness.

“But in the fi­nal anal­y­sis, you should also take the blame. You are among those who de­monise the Free­dom Char­ter, you de­monise stateled in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment, at the cen­tre of which is a State Bank, land ex­pro­pri­a­tion with­out com­pen­sa­tion, state min­ing com­pa­nies and free qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion,” said Malema.

We are headed for state and in­sti­tu­tional fail­ure

PIC­TURE: HENK KRUGER

AN­GRY: Julius Malema at the Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre af­ter speak­ing at the SA Prop­erty Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion An­nual Con­ven­tion and Prop­erty Ex­hi­bi­tion.

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