EFF leader Julius Malema has caused an uproar again. Malema made utterances at the party’s congress on Tuesday, urging members to illegally occupy land and mines country wide. Afriforum has now lashed out at Malemas comment’s and are taking legal action. CEO Kallie Kriel said on Thursday that he believes in the rule of law and any comments enticing people to commit a crime is a crime in itself.
“We have seen what happened in Zimbabwe and the consequences of when the rule of law is ignored. It is in the interest of all South Africans to respect the rule of law.”
However, Malema’s radical approach and comments have left Afriforum with no choice but to take him to court. Kriel said this is not a race issue.
“Malema’s reaction to us is nothing, he thinks we are just protecting whites but this an issue of rule of law. We take his remarks seriously and to the police for irresponsible behavior,” said Kriel.
Kriel stressed the economic impact of land invasion stating it could affect the country badly.
“If you look at successful countries economically, you see property rights respected. As soon as you see property rights disrespected you then see divestment. Looking at the Zimbabwean dollar, inflation hit high percentages and unemployment is at high levels,” said Kriel.
“The quickest way to empower poor people, many of who are black is to make sure that what they have at the moment is transferred to their name so they will have property rights.” VOC