The EFF leader says when ‘they took the land’, it was called colonialism, but when blacks try to do the same, it’s called land theft’.
When South Africans were busy celebrating Heritage Day on Sunday, EFF leader Julius Malema was sharing his frustration on the issue of land.
In a series of tweets Malema said it was not right for black people to celebrate their heritage while still landless.
“My land, my heritage,” he said.
The EFF leader said blacks remained a “conquered” nation because the land of “our ancestors”, which was the founding principle of the EFF “revolution”, had not been retained.
“We are scared of the truth because we seek rating approvals of our enemies, we seek whiteness to approve land expropriation. Like wtf,” he said.
The EFF leader further said there was an element of hypocrisy around the issue of land, saying “when they took the land, it was called colonialism, not theft, but when we rightfully so expropriate without compensation is called land theft”.
Addressing a Heritage Day event in the Northern Cape on Sunday, EFF national chairperson Dali Mpofu shared the same sentiments, saying celebrating heritage without land was “futile”.
“A landless people ought to use their heritage to marshal their collective strength to fight for a place to call home. We call on the return of the land to its rightful owners, the African people, through the principle of expropriation of land without compensation for equal redistribution,” he said.
He further called for Die Stem to be removed from the national anthem, saying it was sung to “celebrate” the murders of Steve Biko, among others.
“In the name of Heritage Day, we call on Die Stem to fall from our national anthem. Die Stem is an apartheid anti-black war song that belongs in the dustbin of history.
“It does not belong in the proud melodies of a multiracial democratic South Africa. Our national anthem must be Nkosi Sikelela as sung during the liberation struggle; it is complete and enough without the European languages,” he said.