Afrikaner agrees with EFF land policy

Wiekus Kotze says land redistribution is necessary to undo the wrongs of the past.

FILE: New EFF member Wiekus Kotze says land redistribution is necessary to undo the wrongs of the past.

CAPE TOWN - The Afrikaner man who has recently joined the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says land needs to be redistributed without compensation.

The party which was formed by Julius Malema in 2013 is among the 100 political parties that will be contesting the upcoming general elections.

Speaking to 567 CapeTalk, Wiekus Kotze says he joined EFF in order to bring about change.

"Twenty years into democracy we still have a situation in this country where the majority of our people are still living without land and are excluded from the economy while the minority groups still control the wealth of the country."

Kotze says many people still continue to live in utter poverty.

"I have been an activist my whole life and I have been working in townships for the last 20 years in Gauteng uplifting communities. Once you go in there you see the utter poverty that people are living in, you start thinking that as a country we need to shift direction very fast."

He says he is an independent thinker.

"My parents raised me to be an independent thinker. I look at something, I think about it and then I go for what I believe in."

He says the land issue cannot be ignored.

"Due to the Native Land Act of 1913, black people's land was taken away from them without compensation. We need to set it right. We cannot walk away from the fact that land was taken. The fact remains land needs to be redistributed without compensation. "

Meanwhile, Malema visited the Western Cape over the weekend for the first time after forming the party.

He met with traditional leaders and farmworkers.

He promised them land when his party came into power.