Speaking after the postponement of the court case against him, EFF leader Julius Malema repeated his call for all land in South Africa to be returned to black people, adding that the party was not calling for the slaughter of white people, “at least for now”.
Malema was in court on Monday facing charges of violating the Riotous Assemblies Act, by calling for EFF members to illegally occupy land. The case is based on two charges, the earliest of which was in 2014.
Proceedings have been postponed to December 7th, 2017 to allow Malema to approach the Constitutional Court to have the Act deemed unconstitutional.
Speaking to supporters after the court appearance, the EFF leader doubled down, repeating his calls for land in South Africa to be returned to black people.
He said that he and his party were demanding everything – all land, sea and the resources that go with it to be delivered back into black hands.
Chillingly, Malema said that, while he was not calling for the slaughter of white South Africans, his wording implied that this stance would change.
“They (whites) found peaceful Africans here. They killed them. They slaughtered them like animals. We are not calling for the slaughtering of white people, at least for now. What we are calling for is the peaceful occupation of the land and we don’t owe anyone an apology for that,” Malema said as reported by IOL.
“No white person is a rightful owner of the land here in SA and whole of the African continent,” hesaid.
He said that white minorities have been warned that black South Africans will take land no matter what. “Land will be taken by whatever means possible,” he was quoted saying.
According to Malema, the court charges brought against him for calling for the occupying of land was nothing new, and something he had dealt with before.
He said that the reason why it had made its way to court now was because he had upset “white capital”, and had been outspoken about president Jacob Zuma.
Malema has previously landed in hot water for making dangerous statement pointing to violence. Earlier in 2016 the South African government wanted to charge him for threatening to take back the country behind the barrel of a gun.
In 2015, the EFF leader warned white South Africans that change was coming.
In both cases, Malema danced around the statements, saying that it was not white people, but rather “white capital” that was the target of his warning – while the threat of violence in 2016 was parried with the caveat that it would only be in response to violence from the state.