Updated: February 26, 2021
Mr Malema has always argued that although South Africa is now politically independent, the economy remains in the hands of few white people.
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True independence, he has said, would mean economic freedom from white domination.
Addressing newsmen on Thursday in South Africa, Malema said his party would not be part of criminal protests, adding that he would not support such acts as they are likely going to lead to South Africans turning on each other.
“… when you are done with Nigerians, when you are done with Mozambicans and Zimbabweans and Zambians, you are going to go for Shangaans from Giyani, I have to stop you now before you come to me,” said Malema, according to local newspapers.
He said allegations that foreigners were stealing jobs from locals were misinformed and blamed whites for creating animosity among black people, an act that led to the unrests.
“There is no one who takes a job from South Africans, no one. They [foreigners] are being offered jobs, they don’t take [them]. The owners of means of production are white people. When you say private sector, it’s a polite way of saying white people,” said Malema.
“There is no government that employs foreign nationals, it is the private sector, simply put it is white people who prefer foreign nationals over South Africans and after employing foreign nationals they come to you and say, ‘don’t you think these borders are being let loose? It has led to foreigners taking jobs and as a result South Africans don’t have jobs’, that’s what they say.”
He said white people employ foreign nationals at their restaurants, farms, retail and hospitality sectors as a way of planting self-hate among black people.
“… and because we’re unemployed, and because we’ve got government with no solutions to crisis of poverty and widening gap between the rich and the poor, we begin to start believing like that,” he said. “So the private sector, the white monopoly capital, must take full responsibility for this mess we are faced with.”
Malema said job-creation must first prioritize people living in that specific area before looking externally, adding that this is one way of averting violence and attacks.
South Africans, especially around Gauteng, have been on the rampage attacking foreign nationals and looting their shops. This has angered countries whose nationals have been on the receiving end.
Malema has cautioned EFF members against taking part in the xenophobic attacks, which he says are total madness.
“Anyone with an EFF T-shirt must play very far from that madness. We’re not part of madness, we’re part of the solutions to the madness confronting our people on the ground.”