President Jacob Zuma is not an enemy of the EFF, but he just happens to be standing in the way of the party and the nation achieving its goals, EFF leader Julius Malema said on Saturday.
“Don’t think that Zuma is our enemy. Zuma is not our enemy, it’s just that he is standing in the way, and we must remove him to get our land back,” said Malema.
“Zuma is standing between us and our enemy. Move out of the way. Zuma must pave the way because they [whites] are the one who stole our land.”
Malema was addressing a large gathering at the University of Pretoria’s Mamelodi Campus, where the Economic Freedom Fighters had a memorial lecture on the life of Solomon Mahlangu. He reminded those in attendance that white people had killed blacks during apartheid.
“The whites are the ones who committed black genocide. Who killed Solomon Mahlangu? It was not Zuma, it was the white regime. White people must stop being cry-babies and they must take responsibility,” he said.
Malema said people should never think the party had taken a detour on their fight for land. He said the land would be returned, just like Zuma would pay back the money.
“White people are going to return our land the same way Zuma will return our money. White people must never think we have abandoned the land question. We will never abandon it. We are the land, our identity is our land. We are nothing without our land.”
“We are coming for you. Zuma must pay back the money, the Guptas have left South Africa, and our land must come back. ABSA bank must never think that by closing the Gupta bank account, you are our friend. You are our enemy in SA,” he added.
Malema said the bank represented white monopoly capital, which was an enemy of the EFF
“White monopoly capital is the primary enemy of the EFF. Who is white monopoly capital? It is the Rupert, the Oppenheimer, and all those who benefited illegally from our land. This land is going to be returned, whether you like or not. There is no white man who came with a piece of land,” Malema said.
‘Reconciliation must never replace justice’
He added that people should not ask what blacks would do with the land once it was in their possession.
“What we do with it is none of your business. Solomon Mahlangu died for this land.”
Malema also took issue with those who said the land did not belong to Africans, but to the Khoisan. He said the land belonged to all Africans, including blacks.
Malema called on black people to stop being apologetic for the injustices suffered under apartheid. He urged members to continue fighting for what belonged to them.
He questioned how reconciliation could take place in the country while those who carried out the crimes of apartheid were not known.
“Why must we apologise for being slaves? They say we must reconcile with them. We want to see those who were working at the Gallows hanging people. We want to see their faces. We can’t reconcile with people we don’t know.
“Where are the prosecutors who were recommending death sentences? Where are the judges who sentenced our brothers to death? They must come here, we want to see them.
“Reconciliation must never replace justice. Justice is the return of the land. We must fight for our land,” he said.