Julius Malema has made his feelings perfectly clear on Donald Trump’s opposition to land expropriation, with the EFF leader lambasting the president during a media briefing on Thursday.
Trump confirmed he was “closely watching” developments in South Africa with regards to land. He also made reference to farm murders, stating that killings were happening “on a large scale”.
Malema is the leading advocate for all land to be returned to the state and then redistributed among South Africans. This, however, is a move that is opposed by the ANC and many other SA political parties.
Julius Malema vs Donald Trump
The chief of the red berets has been extremely vocal on the land issue, so it was only a matter of time before Trump’s comments fell into his crosshairs. He branded Donny T a “pathological liar” and issued a stiff “hands-off” warning to the American head of state.
“We want to send a strong message to the USA authorities, just like we did to the Australian authorities: stay out of South Africa’s domestic affairs. We are not the generation that is going to kneel at the statue of Western imperialism and accept to live in the indignity of black landlessness.”
“Be that as it may, we must put it on record, unequivocally, that Donald ‘the pathological liar’ Trump, we are not scared of you and your USA or Western imperialist forces.”
He even managed to drag Cyril Ramaphosa and the DA into his tirade, claiming that neither party wants to see land redistributed to black citizens in South Africa.
Juju finished his takedown of Trump in typically defiant fashion. He said that Donald’s views mirrored those of “white people at land expropriation hearings”, before slamming the narrative that a white genocide is happening in South Africa. He stated that “only death, and not Trump” could stop the EFF from pursuing their land policy.
What has Julius Malema said about land?
Away from throwing shade at the US President, Malema moved to elaborate on his party’s land strategy. He reiterated the EFF’s commitment to putting land under state custodianship, but also had a message for white farm owners, too.
He stated that his party are seeking to seize land that is lying dormant. Whatever is not being used for production will be classed as “fair game” for a Julius Malema-lead government.
However, this was not some sort of denouement from his usually-abrasive stance. He confirmed that, if there was a need to, white-owned farms that are in operation would eventually be taken, with the purpose of “black inclusion” deciding what happens to each property.