EFF leader, Julius Malema, used the memorial service hosted by his party, in honour of the late Robert Mugabe, to share his thoughts on those who have launched a xenophobic war on foreign nationals.
Xenophobic attacks: What’s the latest?
It appears that we spoke too soon when we stated, earlier in the week, that the violence against foreign nationals in South Africa had come to a halt.
In Witbank (eMalahleni), Mpumalanga, things got heated between locals and foreign nationals after a large group of looters rampaged a foreign-owned shop, clashing with its defiant owners in scenes that bore similarities to the Sci-Fi thriller, World War Z.
In Gauteng, tensions between locals and foreign nationals seem to have dissipated for the time being. Displaced foreign nationals from different parts of Africa have since received assistance from their respective countries in returning home, with Nigerian airline repatriating at least 600 citizens from South Africa.
In Katlehong, buses were lined up, on Thursday, to repatriate hundreds of foreign nationals from Zimbabwe and Mozambique who had been in refuge at two local community halls.
In quotes: Julius Malema condemns violence on foreign nationals
These images of violence against fellow Africans surely rubbed Malema up the wrong way. The EFF leader took to the podium at Mugabe’s memorial service and wasted no time in unleashing a scathing verbal attack on locals who have been involved in these targeted attacks on foreign nationals.
“You do not own South Africa”
Malema charged that the very same people attacking foreign nationals for apparently not owning paperwork that grants them permission to live in South Africa were no different, as they, themselves, could not produce proof that they — the locals — owned South Africa.
“You go around claiming this is your country, let’s go outside and show me papers that confirm that you are the owner of this country. There is nothing. You don’t own anything. Yet you call people foreigners. You are a foreigner yourself,” he exclaimed.
“The nerve of you renters”
Julius Malema ridiculed locals once more. He poked fun at the irony of locals who do not own land, yet have the gall to force foreign nationals to leave South Africa.
“You are renting. You are marching from the hostels, beating up people and telling them to leave South Africa, yet you do not own your own land. You are paying rent in that hostel, you can be removed yourself.
“You are telling people to leave your country, you come from an apartment, you come from a flat, you come from a house, you have no paper. When you get back home, after taking out Zimbabweans, the white man will be at the door showing you the way out,” Malema charged.
“You are protecting a white man’s land”
The EFF leader was critical of how locals are afraid of white people, and how shortsighted they are in not realising what Zimbabwe was fighting for.
“One day, like it almost happened in Cuba, when Obama wanted to lift the embargo against Cuba, one day it is going to happen for Zimbabwe,” he said.
“One day, Zimbabwe will rise” – Julius Malema
He warned that, if he is still alive to witness it, Zimbabwe will rise and become a superpower in Africa.
‘I pray to the ancestors of the revolution, that it happens when I am still alive, so that I can replay this video and say “I warned you about harassing your future employers. I warned you about the people that are going to share their land with you,” he said.