AfriFo­rum sets sight on Juju, land

COURT AC­TION: BODY VOWS TO BRING MALEMA TO BOOK Roets will tour ‘anti-so­cial­ist’ coun­tries high­light­ing plight of mi­nor­ity groups.

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AfriFo­rum’s in­ter­na­tional cam­paign against land ex­pro­pri­a­tion with­out com­pen­sa­tion (EWC) is set to in­ten­sify this year, as will its bid to bring politi­cian Julius Malema to book in the courts.

The Eco­nomic Free­dom Fight­ers leader will be the tar­get of the lobby group’s ef­forts to pres­sure the Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Au­thor­ity into push­ing ahead with a num­ber of cases against him. At the same time, the mi­nor­ity rights group’s CEO, Ernst Roets, will be em­bark­ing on a tour of per­ceived “anti-so­cial­ist” coun­tries, in­clud­ing the United States, Aus­tralia and the United King­dom.

The mes­sage he in­tends to preach is that South Africa is about to com­mit gross vi­o­la­tions against the right to prop­erty own­er­ship and to high­light the plight and al­leged ill-treat­ment of mi­nor­ity race groups in South Africa, par­tic­u­larly white peo­ple.

“The in­ter­na­tional cam­paign will be a big fo­cus on mine par­tic­u­larly, not only to talk about EWC, but the big­ger is­sue, in­clud­ing the way mi­nor­ity com­mu­ni­ties are treated in South Africa,” said Roets.

“The one thing we will latch onto with this par­tic­u­larly, or use as an ex­am­ple, is the com­ments made by [ANC sec­re­tary-gen­eral] Ace Ma­gashule last year dur­ing the xeno­pho­bic vi­o­lence, which he said he con­demns ...but then he said the real for­eign­ers are the white peo­ple, so why are you at­tack­ing the black peo­ple?

“To us, that is very alarm­ing so we will rais­ing in­ter­na­tional aware­ness about these types of com­ments.”

Also high on the group’s pri­or­i­ties is its pri­vate pros­e­cu­tion wing’s tar­get to have Malema see his day in court.

“There are var­i­ous cases re­gard­ing Malema,” said Roets. “The one is his as­sault of a se­cu­rity guard at the fu­neral of Win­nie Madik­izela-Man­dela. The other is the fir­ing of a firearm at a po­lit­i­cal rally. Then, there is On Point En­gi­neer­ing cor­rup­tion charges and so forth.”

The group could re­sort to forc­ing the NPA to make a de­ci­sion on these cases through the courts, should it con­tinue to drag its feet.

“Ob­vi­ously, he is not the only per­son we are look­ing at in terms of pri­vate pros­e­cu­tion, but he is prob­a­bly the most high-pro­file per­son and we be­lieve he is the per­son with the most cases against him that hasn’t had sig­nif­i­cant progress in terms of get­ting jus­tice.”

The group also plans on call­ing for a ju­di­cial re­view of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mur­der of soc­cer star Senzo Meyiwa.

An­other tar­get is Gaut­eng ed­u­ca­tion MEC Panyaza Le­sufi. The group launched a cam­paign last year, call­ing on him to be fired for mil­lions of rands in ir­reg­u­lar ex­pen­di­ture cited by the au­di­tor-gen­eral last year.

AfriFo­rum wants to in­crease its out­reach this year to ex­pand on its 130 com­mu­nity branches. The idea is to fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing these com­mu­ni­ties to pre­serve their cul­tural iden­tity, with a main fo­cus on the Afrikaner cul­ture in a way that still re­spects the con­sti­tu­tion and law.

The civil rights or­gan­i­sa­tion plans to use its newly launched think-tank, Opinor, as a tool to pro­tect com­mu­ni­ties through aca­demic re­search.

“The think-tank will fo­cus on the work that we do, although we do aim to also ad­vise gov­ern­ment on pol­icy is­sues,” said Roets.

“For in­stance, we will be mak­ing com­ments on the Ex­pro­pri­a­tion with­out Com­pen­sa­tion Bill. But that will be a sec­ondary fo­cus in terms of the think-thank. Its pri­mary goal is to fo­cus on re­search of lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties in terms of best prac­tice and build­ing com­mu­nity safety net­works.

“The fo­cus is not only on Afrikan­ers and it is not just for white peo­ple, so its not about the racial el­e­ment but it is a cul­tural el­e­ment.

“AfriFo­rum has worked with the Khoi and San com­mu­ni­ties.”

Group wants a ju­di­cial re­view of the Meyiwa mur­der

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