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Malema calls for return of land, says can't 'guarantee the future'

The EFF leader says his polite plea to white people is for them to return the land, saying if they don’t he “can’t guarantee what will happen next.”

FILE: EFF leader Julius Malema

BLOEMFONTEIN – Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has called on white people to return land to black people, saying while he is not calling for violence against them he can’t guarantee what will happen in the future if the land is not returned.

Malema addressed supporters outside the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court where he appeared on a charge of breaking the Riotous Assemblies Act after telling people to invade empty land.

He made the remarks during the party’s elective conference two years ago.

The case has been postponed pending the outcome of his application in the High Court, challenging the constitutionality of the act.

After appearing in the Newcastle Magistrates Court last week, the EFF leader made this comment: “We are not calling for the slaughter of white people – at least for now.”

Now Malema says he never said that white people must be slaughtered but that if he wanted to make a call along these lines he would have done it.

“We are not promoting violence, but I can’t guarantee the future. I’m not a prophet. I am talking now, we are not carrying weapons.”

He says his polite plea to white people is for them to return the land, saying if they don’t he “can’t guarantee what will happen next.”

WATCH: Malema reiterates calls for occupation of land

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)

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