White people have no claim to land in South Africa because they brought no land with them when they colonised the tip of the continent.
That was the message Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) commander-in-chief Julius Malema gave at an election rally in Newcastle at the weekend.
Eyewitness News reported that he said the Freedom Charter – which states: “restrictions of land ownership on a racial basis shall be ended‚ and all the land redivided amongst those who work it” – was problematic.
“If we say that South Africa belongs to whites too it means we are defeating what our forefathers were fighting for‚” the site quoted Malema as saying.
“These whites found us here and not one of them came with a piece of land in their pockets.”
“So‚ if you see a piece of land and you like it‚ don’t apologise‚ go and occupy that land. That land belongs to us.”
What the Freedom Charter says about land:
“The Land Shall Be Shared Among Those Who Work It!
“Restrictions of land ownership on a racial basis shall be ended‚ and all the land redivided amongst those who work it‚ to banish famine and land hunger;
“The state shall help the peasants with implements‚ seed‚ tractors and dams to save the soil and assist the tillers;
“Freedom of movement shall be guaranteed to all who work on the land;
“All shall have the right to occupy land wherever they choose;
“People shall not be robbed of their cattle‚ and forced labour and farm prisons shall be abolished.