The public prosecutor and the EFF annoy each other about statements made by EFF leader Julius Malemas about the expropriation of land in the Western Cape. Malema turned to residents on Thursday at a rally in Kayamandi in Stellenbosch. The prosecutor described Malemas' statements as a "dangerous threat".
The mayoral candidates of Cape Town and Stellenbosch say they will never allow expropriation without compensation to become a reality under their supervision. This came after EFF leader Julius Malema told his supporters at a rally in Kayamandi, Stellenbosch, Thursday that the party would expropriate land in the Western Cape if it came to power.
Malema started the party's election campaign in the province just nine days before residents were expected to vote in local elections. "If we take control of South Africa, land expropriation without compensation will begin here," he said. Stellenbosch, Mayor Gesie van Deventer, a mayoral candidate for local elections, described Malema's comments as a "dangerous threat."
"The threat from Malema reminds us how dangerous it is for small parties and independents to divide and weaken the voices of the district attorney. If these small parties are successful, the Malema EFF could come to power through a coalition with the ANC and small parties in Stellenbosch, "he said.
Van Deventer said the Stellenbosch community rejects Malema's threats of "dispossession and the language he uses to share the Stellenbosch people in us and in them." Van Deventer added that the DA-led Stellenbosch government has issued land titles to 2,200 of the municipality's most vulnerable households over the past five years. She said: We assure the beneficiaries of this program and all other owners that Malema's expropriation nightmare will never come true while the Stellenbosch Prosecutor is in power.
Cape Town prosecutor's mayoral candidate Geordin Hill-Lewis said: "This is my promise to Cape Town and also to Mr. Malema: it will not happen under my supervision." Hill-Lewis said in a video posted on social media: "There will never be an expropriation without compensation as long as the Cape Town prosecutor is elected to the government." On Friday, Malema spoke at a "student command" rally in Bellville and later to supporters in Nyanga and Khayelitsha.
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