EEF leader Julius Malema has slammed President Mugabe’a land grab saying he only acted when he was losing power.
“We are not going to do what the Zimbabweans have done; of drawing the blood of innocent people. There’s nothing wrong with (President Robert) Mugabe’s policy on land, but there’s everything wrong with the method used to obtain the land. We cannot have people killed, injured because you want your land back.
Mugabe had more than 25 years to pass legislation through democratic means that would systematically take the land back, he did not do anything about it. He only introduced that policy at a time when he was losing power, it was opportunistic.
You ought to pass legislation through parliament in line with your constitution that will take land back to the hands of people,” Malema said in an address to the Oxford Union in the UK.
He also attacked Nelson Mandela. stopping short of calling him a sellout. He said Madiba took the revolution as far as he could “he was too old, tired” and it was now up to this generation to carry on the fight to implement the Freedom Charter, including the equitable sharing of all South Africa’s resources.
Malema said: “The deviation from the freedom charter was the beginning of selling out of the revolution. When Mandela returned from prison he got separated from Winnie Mandela and went to stay in a house of a rich white man, he was looked after by the Oppenheimers, Mandela used to attend those club meetings of those white men who owned the SA economy.
He stayed in one of their houses, they had access to him 24hours. They told him what he represented would not be achieved, that’s when he turned against himself. The Nelson we celebrate now is a stage-managed Mandela who compromised the principles of the revolution, which are captured in the Freedom Charter.
“The Freedom Charter is the bible of the SA revolution. Any deviation from that is a sellout position. We normally don’t use phrases like Mandela sold out, he was too old, he was tired, he left it to us. We have to pick it up from where he left it. That’s why he said the struggle is not over, political freedom is incomplete without economic freedom. I will say Nelson took us to a point and left it to us to take it further.”