Distributing land will take 300 years - Malema

Julius Malema says the EFF supports ownership of the land by its people.

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema holds a news conference in Johannesburg on Thursday, 1 August 2013 on the outcomes of their recent national assembly. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Former ANC Youth League Leader Julius Malema has lashed out at the ANC once again, saying it has failed in its mandate to redistribute land in the country.

The leader of the recently-formed Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) was speaking in Braamfontein on Thursday after the party's National Assembly at the weekend.

He says the EFF supports ownership of the land by its people, claiming only eight percent of land has been transferred to its rightful owners over the past 10 to 20 years.

At that pace, he says, "To transfer 100 percent of land will take us 300 years."

He also rubbished reports that the EFF's land policies will turn South Africa into another Zimbabwe.

He says his parties policies intend to redistribute land for public purposes.

"We're not going to beat up white people on the farms, we're going to engage in a programme which will make them understand they must surrender the land."

Malema described the ANC as a shell of its former self saying the party has failed its people.

WAR OF WORDS

On Monday, ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe said on Monday the EFF are being influenced by Zimbabwe's ruling party Zanu-PF, which he says single-handedly destroyed its country's economy.

Mantashe also said while Julius Malema and his party claimed to be embracing the principles of the Freedom Charter, they would actually disturb it in the process.

"To me, the EFF has nothing to do with the Freedom Charter - it has everything to do with the influence of the Zanu-PF."

Mantashe spoke about finding a balance within capitalism which creates jobs but exploits workers.

But Malema denied had previously allegations that his movement was receiving funding from the Zimbabwean government.

He said the EFF was not yet well-funded but support was growing among ordinary South Africans who shared their values.

"There should first be political will and commitment to that political will. The finances will come later."