Not one for mincing his words, Julius Malema has seemingly hit back at Australian Minister of Home Affairs Peter Dutton whose raised the ire of a number of people earlier this month when he called for visas for white South African farmers to be fast-tracked.
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Speaking to a crowd at Mpumalanga Stadium, Malema said:
“A racist country like Australia says…’EFF wants to kill white farmers – they must come to Australia’.”
“If they want to go, they must go.”
Malema also said that if anyone wants to come back with “their tail between their legs” they will be hired because “we will be the owners of the farms”.
And, there is a condition, of course.
“They must leave the keys of the tractors because we want to work the land; they must leave the keys of the houses, because we want to live in those houses.”
“They must leave everything that they did not come with to South Africa.”
Malema called for those who want to leave to do so quietly.
“Don’t make a noise because you will irritate us.”
Malema, who has upped the populist rhetoric in recent weeks, also said that people who emigrate in Australia won’t be so well off Down Under.
“They are rich here, because they are exploiting poor black people”.
Malema also moved to quell fears that land expropriation without compensation would result in violence.
“We don’t know violence; we know negotiation.”
“Ultimately, the policy needed to be implemented because: “our land is our dignity”.
Recently, the EFF took responsibility for “land grabs” – or rather land occupation on a vacant stretch of land on the R55. People who occupied the land said they had been waiting for years for RDP houses.
However, Australian Liberal Democratic Party senator David Leyonhjelm supported it, however, he told News24 that things would “need to deteriorate pretty markedly in South Africa for white farmers to be granted refugee status”.
President Cyril Ramaphosa said South Africa would “learn from Zimbabwe” when it comes to implementing the policy so to not repeat the same mistakes.