Many couldn't believe that one day, the red beret leader Julius Malema would condemn and declare war on foreigners in South Africa. They still feel it's more like a campaign gimmick by the EFF leader so as to lure voters the same way ANC and other political parties are doing.
Malema said their plan once they win municipalities in the local government elections, is to expropriate all the buildings that were hijacked by foreigners and all those that have been abandoned.
He said they are going to place the buildings under the custodianship of the municipalities and turn them into affordable residential areas for the people.
"Now we are told the buildings are being hijacked by foreigners, but we don't care whether you're a foreigner or not. As long as you have got no papers of these buildings, you will not own it, we will take it as a municipality, we will redevelop it and give it to our people," he said.
The red beret leader said they are also targeting abandoned buildings in major cities as well as in Sandton and they are also going to expropriate them.
"There are a lot of abandoned buildings, you know we once found a building in Johannesburg hijacked during Mashaba's era. When we followed up on that building, it was owned by a bank of Mozambique which is one of the banks liquidated in the 90s," he said.
He adds that the problem is current leaders in municipalities are not competent enough to follow up on buildings that no longer pay rent to see what's really happening on the ground.
Malema said when EFF takes over these municipalities, it will be their priority to follow up and make sure all buildings are occupied legally.
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