The Black First Land First (BLF) leader Andile Mngxitama has vowed to forcefully take back land from white hands just like Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe did.
Mngxitama disclosed that the reason why the movement must take back the land from the whites is because they were stolen from the blacks during the apartheid era.
“We’re going to follow the president of Zimbabwe. We take the land by force. We’re not going to buy this land because it was stolen from us. The ANC is scared of white people,” he boasted.
Andile Mngxitama Takes On Madonsela
Forging ahead, defiant Mngxitama who spoke on Thursday also expressed disappointment in outgoing Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s refusal to investigate a report alleging that R26 billion was siphoned out of the Reserve Bank during apartheid.
This, he said is disheartening because the money was allocated for free education in the country.
“Before we take the land, we need to have that money. Thuli Madonsela doesn’t want to give us our money. That is our money stolen by white people from the Reserve Bank. That R26 billion belongs to all of you.
That is the money for free education. We’re saying Thuli Madonsela can investigate government or the Guptas, but whites in this country must also be investigated,” said Mngxitama.
In addition, the leader of the movement reminded blacks that taking back the land doesn’t come by voting. He rather stated that lands are taken back forcefully and without voting.
“Land doesn’t come through voting. Those who say vote for us and we will give you your land are lying to you. If you want a land, you take it. You take the land,” he said.
It’s been decades since the end of apartheid rule but land in South Africa still remains predominantly in white hands. Land expropriation has been one of EFF’s most-pursued policy since inception.
The party also demanded that all land be transferred to their owners the same way all mineral and petroleum resources were transferred to the ownership and custody of the state through the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) of 2002.