BuzzSouthAfrica has gathered that a clash that erupted between black and white residents in Booysens in Pretoria has left one person injured.
As gathered, the conflict started since Thursday morning in Pretoria and has continued till Saturday morning. Members of the community are said to have burnt tyres and barricaded roads with stones in the area in a bid to show off their anger.
The South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Kay Makhubela told reporters that the black people in the community are protesting against their white counterparts whom they say are preventing them from building houses on land in the area.
Meanwhile, the Drive GP has informed residents on its Twitter page to avoid the Mabopane Highway and Daspoort Tunnel Van der Hoff Road, in Pretoria.
COMMUNITY UNREST between Mabopane Highway and Daspoort Tunnel Van der Hoff Road – Both Ways⚠⚠⚠ pic.twitter.com/NbFy7G1QhR
— DriveGP (@DriveGp) January 27, 2017
The intensified calls to reinvigorate land expropriation, better known as land grabs in South Africa, is being spearheaded by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). In fact, land expropriation is a chief policy in the EFF.
As far back as 2013, the party in a briefing held in August, in Johannesburg reiterated its commitment towards its policy of land grabs. EFF leader at the time said: “Anyone who resists the surrender of land will meet [with] the determination of the people.”
The movement said if nothing is done fast about transferring land to blacks, then land redistribution would take 300 years to complete. Malema urged blacks to emulate Zimbabwe’s land grab style, adding that it was started by the people and not President Robert Mugabe.
In 2016, the chief fighter continued the fight for land expropriation and also made it a pivotal policy during the 2016 municipal election campaign.
In October 2016, Malema faced two charges relating to land-grabs – the first was based on comments he made in 2014, when he told supporters that they should occupy lands in their respective branches.
“We are going to occupy the unoccupied land because we need the land. For us to eat‚ we must have the land. For us to work‚ we must have the land. I come from Seshego. If there is unoccupied land‚ we will go and occupy the land with my branch. You must go and do the same in the branch where you come from.”
The second charge related to comments he made in June 2016, in which he said that white people cannot hold any claim to land in South Africa, and that black people should not be ashamed of occupying the land illegally.
“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,” he told EFF supporters.
Last year, Malema in a meeting with Cape Town heads of industry stressed that the state must take a deliberate decision to nationalise the land and redistribute it for equal use [for everybody].
The Black First Land First (BLF) is another indigenous movement that has recently consolidated land expropriation. The BLF believes that all land in SA was stolen from black people and therefore any black person who needs land must occupy it.
Meanwhile, the EFF has urged all and sundry to join them in EFF’s land occupation struggles scheduled to hold on April 6.