Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Julius Malema, faced a number of difficult questions on wealth and land redistribution in South Africa, in a television interview in the UK.
Malema has recently returned from a tour to England which included speaking at the Oxford Union at Oxford University and meeting with academics, international firms, the SA Chamber of Commerce in London.
In a television interview with BBC HARDtalk, Malema said that local businesses must surrender 51% of their shares to the workers.
“They have exploited the wealth of the country for too long,” he said.
Malema faced a number of difficult questions from Zeinab Badawi, a Sudanese-British television and radio journalist on the Beeb’s HardTalk news cast.
Badawi asked where the money was going to come from to compensate business.
When she raised a question about land redistribution, Malema became animated, accusing the government of doing nothing in its 21 years of power.
The journalist asked if Malema is prepared to use force if the demands of the EFF aren’t met.
Malema said that the EFF would engage in “persuasive and peaceful” discussions with business leaders, adding that the use of civil disobedience to force through reforms would not be used “until our people are pushed to the limit”.
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