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Malema: Don’t be apologetic about occupying land illegally

Malema says there's clause in the Freedom Charter that says South Africans can decide where they want to stay.

FILE: EFF leader Julius Malema. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has told supporters in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal they must not be apologetic about occupying land illegally.

Malema addressed EFF supporters at the Madadeni College Stadium yesterday.

The party was celebrating the 61st anniversary of the Freedom Charter.

The EFF leader says because the African National Congress (ANC) failed to realise the clause in the Freedom Charter that says South Africans can decide where they want to stay, supporters can occupy any land they want.

"So, if you see a piece of land and you like it, don't apologise, go and occupy that land. That land belongs to us."

'WHITE PEOPLE CAN'T CLAIM OWNERSHIP'

Malema yesterday said, white people can't claim ownership of land, saying it belongs to the country's African majority.

"If we say that South Africa belongs to whites too it means we are defeating what our forefathers were fighting for."

The EFF leader also said the land can't be shared among those who work on it, as the Freedom Charter says, because this would mean if whites work the land, they too can claim it.

"These whites found us here and not one of them came with a piece of land in their pockets."

He says once blacks have been declared rightful owners of the land, the party will decide how much percentage to give white people who have naturalised.