African National Congress Youth League President Julius Malema has retained his position as the leader of the youth wing of the ruling party., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
SA must take back land without paying: Malema
Saturday, 18 June 2011 01:00
South Africans must take back the land that belongs to them without paying for it, African National Congress Youth League leader Julius Malema said in Cape Town on Tuesday.
"Willing-buyer, willing-seller is not an alternative . . . The alternative from the youth league is that we take the land without paying. That is what we are proposing," he told the league's provincial council at the
University of the Western Cape. While black South Africans had forgiven the previous regime for apartheid, he did not understand why they had to pay for what belonged to them.
"They never bought the land, they stole the land. They did not only steal the land, they converted the owners of the land into slaves . . . now we must pay for that with the willing-buyer, willing-seller.
"He was speaking ahead of the league's 24th national congress, which started in Midrand on Thursday. Delegates were expected to push for the nationalisation of the mines and land redistribution.
The country's land reform programme is a sore point for government and little progress has been made in the 15 years since the end of apartheid. - Sapa/Mail and Guardian.