Malema: 'There is no heritage without the land'

EEF members gathered in Umhlabuyalingana in KwaZulu Natal to commemorate Heritage Day, informally dubbed National Braai Day. 

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JOHANNESBURG - Referring to Heritage Day as National Braai day is a distortion, according to Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema.

He was speaking at Umhlabuyalingana, in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday, to commemorate Heritage Day, informally dubbed National Braai Day.

Malema says heritage is the land.

"We wear our Zulu, Venda, Sotho traditional attires...proudly so but that is not our heritage. There is no heritage without the land. The heritage is the land. It's not the clothes we are wearing," said Malema.

He has reiterated the call for the return of the land by amending Section 25 of the constitution to allow for expropriation of land without compensation.

“Both the poor and the rich, we must all be happy today for what? Because we do not have what the rich have, they have more than what we have as a heritage,” said Malema.

The party leader used the Heritage Day rally to address some of the grievances of the Umhlabuyalingana community, like clean-running water and ablution facilities.

Malema said it's time that basic necessities like water-flushing toilets and houses are freely available.

"Every house here must have clean running water. Every house here must be a proper house with electricity and a flushing toilet."

Malema said there was nothing to celebrate as people continue to suffer, adding that this is yet another year where black people are without land and remain on the outskirts of the economy.

"To us there is no braai there is poverty, there is unemployment, there is disease, there is lack of streets, there is lack of water, lack of jobs in our lives."