The Citizen (KZN)

‘We have no problem with white people’

- Faizel Patel

That’s why we even vote for them to go to parliament.

Julius Malema EFF leader

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema, pictured, has said the party has no problem with white people.

Malema made the remarks during a meeting at town hall in Lenasia, south of Joburg on Saturday.

The red berets leader took the party’s message of nationalis­ation, eradicatin­g crime, load shedding and Israel’s attack on Gaza to residents of Lenasia, addressing their concerns ahead of the national and provincial elections on 29 May.

Speaking about white people having a home in the EFF, Malema referred to former African National Congress (ANC) veteran and African Radical Economic Transforma­tion Alliance leader Carl Niehaus.

He said having Niehaus top of the EFF’s list should indicate to white people that the party has no problems with them.

“That’s why we even vote for them to go to parliament to represent the EFF.”

The EFF’s candidate list of people headed to the National Assembly after the polls shows Niehaus sitting pretty at number 27.

Niehaus, who is an ardent supporter of former president Jacob Zuma, was booted out of the ANC in December 2022 but he later resigned from the party, despite his expulsion.

Malema has, in the past, ignited tension with white people over his “Kill the boer” chant.

The EFF leader repeated the chant at his party’s 10th anniversar­y celebratio­n at FNB Stadium, drawing fresh outrage.

His chants irked South African-born tech billionair­e and owner of Tesla and SpaceX Elon Musk, claiming the red berets leader was calling for the “genocide of the four million whites living in South Africa”.

While Malema was yet to respond to the latest comments by Musk, reacting to a similar claim earlier this year, EFF MP and national spokespers­on Vuyani Pambo told The Citizen that Musk was “panicking” about the outcome of the 2024 elections.

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