South Africa’s Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema yesterday lashed out at Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa, describing him as a sellout for his plans to pay compensation to white farmers whose land was taken over by war veterans nearly two decades ago.
Addressing the media at the party’s headquarters in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, Malema said Zimbabwe was still full of poverty and could not afford basic things like primary healthcare, proper education and infrastructure.
“It’s a sellout position taking money to people who don’t deserve it,” he said.
Malema warned Mnangagwa that the people of Zimbabwe would soon turn on him.
“He gets money to people who don’t deserve any compensation,” charged Malema, adding he had thought Mnangagwa would be a breath of fresh air.
“Anyone who compensates them for stolen land is a sellout. Anyone who compensates for the expropriation of land is a sellout,” he said.
Malema predicted that Mnangagwa would not finish his term.
Malema’s remarks came as President Cyril Ramaphosa assured white farmers in the Western Cape on Tuesday that they should not fear land reform as it would be done in terms of the law.
“It is not going to be land grabs where land is grabbed outside of the parameters of law,” said Ramaphosa.-IOL