Economic Freedom Fighters, a new South African political party, says it will demand expropriation of land without compensation, according to a report in eNewsChannelAfrica.
The South African government has failed to redistribute land to previously disadvantaged people despite 20 years of post-Apartheid opportunity to do so, the party says.
Expelled African National Congress Youth League Leader Julius Malema announced this week his plan to start the new political party. Opponents say the move is political suicide, according to a report in Mmegi.
Wednesday marked the 100th year since the Natives Land Act of 1913, which dispossessed indigenous South Africans of land.
“(The) government of South Africa has failed to use almost 20 years of democratic dispensation to address and redress the land question,” Economic Freedom Fighters spokesman Floyd Shivambu said in an eNewsChannelAfrica report. “Our people remain in squatter camps, informal settlements and non-arable rural communities with no forms of subsistence because they do not have access to land.”
Party founder Malema once claimed to be “prepared to die for (South African President) Jacob Zuma … prepared to take up arms and kill for Zuma,” the Mmegi report says. More recently, the report said Malema described the ANC as a party “committed to a right wing, neo-liberal and capitalist agenda which has kept the majority of our people on the margins of South Africa’s economy.”
Malema was expelled from the ANC over alleged corruption, according to a report in Mail & Guardian. Accused of making nearly $400,000 from corrupt activities, he was released on bail of about $1,000 and faces charges of fraud, corruption, money-laundering and racketeering.
The South African government must pay particular attention to the country’s food economy, Economic Freedom Fighters Spokesman Shivambu said in the eNewsChannelAfrica report. The party calls for the government to support small-scale chicken farmers and help them enter the formal retail market. It should also legislate that all food bought for hospitals, schools and prisons be sourced from small food producers, the report says.
Food economy will solve South Africa’s social ills because it is not heavily affected by changes in global markets, Shivambu said.