Malema said that if telling the truth was labelled as racism, then he’s proudly racist and referred to Zuma and Ramaphosa as “meat cooked in the same pot.”
Addressing northern KwaZulu-Natal tertiary students on Monday evening, 15 April 2019, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) commander-in-chief Julius Malema said that if people wanted to label him a racist for telling the truth, then they should. Malema was addressing a capacity crowd at the Esikhawini campus of the Umfolozi TVET College, near Richards Bay, as part of his provincial election campaign.
“In Northern Cape and Western Cape there are still people who are paid with a bottle of wine during harvesting season. When you say this, they call you racist. If telling the truth is racism, then I am proud to be a racist because I am telling the truth,” he said.
Malema told the crowd that the EFF’s wish was for black people to be proud of being black and African but added that this was still a challenge in South Africa, as white people were still given special treatment, while black people had little confidence.
“There is nothing special about white people – we are all equal, we are all human beings.
“The EFF is the only party in South Africa not scared of Indians or whites, we tell them right to their faces – if they tjank (Afrikaans for “bleat”) or whatever they do, they will end up relaxing,” he said.
Malema was quick to add that, even though the EFF addressed white people head-on, they were still not scared of the party, “because they know we won’t kill them or drive them to the sea. They know we are bringing equality. They don’t want equality.”
Part of Malema’s equality strategy was, in future, having black students wake up to white domestic workers and labourers.
“You are going to be farm owners and employ white people to drive tractors,” he said to loud applause.
“That is my dream. My dream is to have a situation where black people employ white people. Then we will be equal,” he said, later adding, “The boss must be anyone who can create a job. It’s possible African child, don’t be scared to dream.”
Malema did not let the opportunity to take a jab at the African National Congress’ (ANC) state president, Cyril Ramaphosa, and former president, Jacob Zuma, who were also campaigning in the same region throughout the day.
Using the same analogy from a community meeting earlier, Malema said Ramaphosa and Zuma were like “meat cooked in the same pot.”
“You can’t take meat cooked in the same pot out and say this one is nice and this one isn’t,” he said.
Malema urged the students to vote for the EFF come 8 May, adding that there was nothing wrong with accepting food parcels from the ANC.
“They come to give you food parcel as if you only eat every five years. Don’t refuse the food parcel. Take it, check its expiry date and vote EFF. They buy the food with your tax money. They will fetch you in kombis on May 8, get into their kombi and go vote EFF,” he said.