Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema on Thursday took his campaign trail to Cullinan, east of Tshwane, promising decent houses and title deeds should his party ascend to power.
“When driving on all the roads leading to this community, there is plenty of land, but this land is owned by whites who don’t even know how Cullinan looks like because they bought this land from only seeing it on the newspapers,” Malema told thousands of supporters.
“The people who live in this land don’t have a piece of land of their own. Those who have a little piece of land, do not have any document to prove that the land is theirs, whether they have been staying here for over 20 years; they don’t have tittle deeds.”
Malema said the majority of South Africans who do not own land, do not enjoy the benefits of freedom and democracy.
“Those who talk about 20 years of democracy are those who are better, while the majority of the people have been staying in apartheid houses till today. They stay in the houses which were inherited from their parents and grandparents, and now their children are also inheriting these apartheid houses but never saw a tittle deed – they don’t even know how it looks like,” said Malema.
“However, our white counterparts who found us here, all do have title deeds. None of them do not have title deeds, as if they came carrying land in a bag.”
Malema promised that when his fledgling party ascends to power, the disadvantaged South Africans will be given land and title deeds.
“The EFF elections manifesto does state that, when we take over government, we are going to give people land. We are going to give our people title deeds. We are going to give you land, not the tiny spaces that the [African National Congress] ANC is giving you that after building an RDP house, the whole space is occupied and after that they claim that they gave you houses,” said the youth politician.
South Africans go to the polls on August 3, where they will be selecting councillors and mayors. On Wednesday the Electoral Commission of South Africa appealed to all registered voters to come out and make their voice heard through the ballot.