Malema allays 'white fears' on land
South Africa’s 'white' farmers should stop being sensitive, and participate in critical debates on the transformation of the agricultural landscape and other emotive issues, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Commander In Chief, Julius Malema, reportedly said.
Malema was speaking to agricultural forum – which calls itself 'Gesprek', in the Western Cape on Wednesday night.
“When there is part of a land which is not used for agriculture purposes, we would be having a problem. All we are saying is the land must be used. It must not lie idle,” he was quoted by ANA.
Malema warned farmers that they needed to play their part in empowering black people.
“You owe it to the people who have been oppressed…to mentor them,” he said.
“If you love this country, you must love its people. Say to them I’m volunteering my services. I’m going to make sure the land is used productively and used to feed the children of this community.
“It’s up to white males to stand up and say we are here. We must be counted in reconstructing this society and to become a society for all of us.”
In turn, Malema also called on government to subsidise South African farmers to ensure cheap agricultural imports don’t push more farmers out of business.
“We need to protect you. We need to make wine from France very expensive.”
“Everybody in agriculture will be given tractors and seeds…to allow agriculture to continue. Transfer that skills so we can double production in agriculture…and create some opportunities for previously disadvantaged people of South Africa,” he said.
Malema also said that white farmers who did not want to contribute to transforming the sector were free to pack up and leave.
“There is no white man…no white woman who is going to be driven into the sea,” he assured the farmers.
“Feel free to leave, but you would miss out. You will miss us. We won’t miss you.”
Malema also told the farmers to stop panicking every time they heard a “media snippet” about what he was saying.
"You must stop being sensitive. Participate in the robust debate. We will never kill you for disagreeing with us.”
- additional reporting ANA
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