EFF commander-in-chief, Julius Malema says putting FW de Klerk behind bars would be the best way to punish the former apartheid-era president, if he becomes the president.
Malema, who appeared at the court on Monday in relation to his comments about land occupation, said if he happened to become South Africa’s next president, he would see to it that FW de Klerk spends the rest of his life in jail.
Speaking to supporters outside a Bloemfontein court on Monday morning, fearless Malema said this would be the best way the former president will answer to the number of black people killed during the Apartheid era.
“FW de Klerk must pray that I don’t become president. If I do‚ I will lock him up for many years for killing black people‚” Malema said.
The defiant leader is being charged with contravening the 1956 Riotous Assemblies Act. This is his second appearance at the court after he appeared in the Newcastle Regional Court last week, on the same charge.
The matter was postponed until June 5 next year after his lawyer told the court Malema would be approaching the high court to have the Riotous Assemblies Act declared unconstitutional.
Unrepentant of his racial speech, the EFF commander reiterated on Monday that did not call for the slaughter of white people. “If I want to‚ I will. However‚ they slaughtered black people,” he said.
He went on to say he wish to see De Klerk in jail “Our brothers and sisters are in unidentified graves because of De Klerk”.
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To his supporters listening, Malema said: “I’m not for reconciliation but for justice. I will never kill white people. We are asking politely that they return our land. If not‚ I cannot guarantee peace.”
The EFF, on the other hand, said it supports all struggles of the landless people to occupy land.
“All the struggles of the landless people must be supported actively by the EFF. There are people who have proper houses because they identified the land and occupied it,” EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu said on Monday after Malema’s court appearance.
“We reaffirm the conference resolution that we are going to support land occupation‚” Shivambu added, attacking prosecution for its decision to charge Malema for the statements he made in 2014.
“Then they take the 1956 act. It was an act that was going to deal with the riot of black people. That law which the commander-in-chief is charged with is about protecting Europeans against non-Europeans‚” Shivambu said.
He said Malema’s defence had challenged the constitutionality of the Riotous Assemblies Act but Malema reassured party supporters that they would emerge victorious.
“We are going to annul that Riotous Assemblies Act. We are going to reverse all apartheid legislation that exists‚” Malema said even as Shivambu condemns a number of apartheid laws that referred to black people as natives and non-Europeans.
“One thing for sure is that our programme is not going to be stopped by apartheid laws. That is the main reason why the EFF was formed to take forward the struggle that was not completed by liberation movement. We are going to reclaim the land in our lifetime,” he said.