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Julius Malema on ‘coloniser’ Theresa May and a ‘United States of Africa’

Julius Malema blasts the Commonwealth and calls for an end to white arrogance.


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The Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) firebrand leader, Julius Malema, has, once again, proven himself to be the most outspoken political figure in South Africa.

Malema is not known for pulling political punches. His statements have been described as controversial, obtuse and outlandish, yet, however they’re labelled, the reality is that many South African’s hang onto the revolutionary leader’s every word.

Don’t let previous election results fool you – while the EFF only managed to scrape together 6% of votes, their political prowess has been demonstrated by an undeniable influence on the land debate and their propensity to make or break municipal coalitions.

In fact, it’s this powerplay held by the red berets which make them a force to be reckoned with. Earlier this year, Malema assured supporters that Democratic Alliance (DA) executive, Athol Trollip, would not see out his term as mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay.

On Monday, the EFF tabled yet another motion of no confidence against Trollip. This time, however, with controversial support from other coalition parties, the motion was passed and Trollip was sent packing.

It’s on the basis of this removal that Malema decided to address the press on other uneasy political coalitions. Yet, never one to stick to the topic, Malema offered up his provocative views on a host of other subjects. Let’s take a look at what the EFF Commander in Chief had to say.

Julius Malema on ‘coloniser’ Theresa May

During her first visit to the country as United Kingdom (UK) Prime Minister, Theresa May, has already caught flack for her support of land expropriation without compensation.

Ironically, Malema must not have gotten this memo, as he said:

“We have nothing to say about that colonizer May. Actually, the policy of the EFF is for South Africa to pull out of the commonwealth. The commonwealth is presided over by the colonizer and we reject that. That type of respect that we give to the colonizer is the one that perpetuates white supremacy.”

United States of Africa

Following his dismissal of May and the Commonwealth, Malema went off on a tangent about a borderless African continent.

Clearly, Malema sweats the small stuff, as he lambasted the use of judicial wigs, saying:

“It is through small things that we can achieve the total freedom of South Africa. Like that wig that judges wear, what is that? Does it mean that you can only think when you wear the hair that resembles that of a white man?”

He then went on to propose a unified language for all Africans:

“We must develop a common language that can be used throughout the continent. Like Swahili, if it can be developed as the language of the continent.”

Lastly, he called for a borderless African continent, with one ruling party, saying:

“We need a border-less continent, We need one currency, one paliarment and one President that can unite the continent. We need a United States of Africa. We need one Africa.”

Government coalitions

But it wasn’t all African unity and defeating white supremacy; Malema did offer up his views on political coalitions, taking aim at the DA, the African National Congress (ANC) and the Patriotic Alliance (PA).

Speaking on the issue of DA governance and Trollip’s recent removal, Malema said:

“Firstly, this arrogance was demonstrated by the DA’s refusal to vote for the expropriation of land without compensation in parliament to allow black people to have access to the land.

In 2016, we warned the DA that our cooperation with them will always depend on their ability to humble themselves, particularly the white arrogance in their ranks. Why is Trollip crying to be in position? He is literally crying as if he was born to be a Mayor.”

Malema also offered up his opinions on an ANC coalition, saying:

“We are still ready now or anytime, to take to the ground and meet any party, be the ANC or the DA, toe to toe, for re-elections in the Nelson Mandela Bay or Tshwane Metro, including in the national general elections across the country.

Do not be arrogant, respect the will of the people and lead with humility at all times. Otherwise, the EFF will come for you and teach you to be humble.”

Lastly, the revolutionary leader spoke about controversial convicted criminal turned politician, Gayton Mackenzie, and his PA party, saying:

“Gayton is just not honest when it comes to politics, the PA worked with the ANC to try and destabilize the EFF. We can’t give a municipality to PA, we have no track record of their credibility.”