As violence against white farmers continues, following the South African parliament's decision to seize all farmland from whites without compensation, Julius Malema, leader of the Marxist-Revolutionary Economic Freedom Party, continues to spew hateful rhetoric against South Africa's white citizens.
In response, Australia has debated whether or not they would be offering emergency visas to white farmers if the hatred reaches dangerous levels. Malema says that if white farmers wish to flee to a "racist country" like Australia, then they should be free to do so. However, he denies that their lives are in any danger — even as he's talked publicly about "cutting the throat of whiteness."
“We don’t know violence, we know negotiations,” Malema said to crowds at a Human Rights Day rally in Mpumalanga Stadium on Wednesday. “And we are very robust in our engagement sometimes. A racist country like Australia says: ‘The white farmers are being killed in South Africa.’ We are not killing them. Now Australia says: ‘Malema, EFF want to kill white farmers, they must come to Australia.’"
“If they want to go, they must go. They must leave the keys to their tractors because we want to work the land, they must leave the keys to their houses because we want to stay in those houses. They must leave everything they did not come here with in South Africa and go to Australia.”
Malema was convicted of hate speech in 2011 for singing the hate song, Shoot the Boer, Kill the Farmer. On his so-called peaceful stance, Malema once said he is “not calling for the slaughter of white people‚ at least for now."
“We’re too busy,” he said. “Don’t make noise, because you will irritate us. Go to Australia. It is only racists who went to Australia when Mandela got out of prison. It is only racists who went to Australia when 1994 came. It is the racists again who are going back to Australia.”
Should the white South Africans go to Australia, Malema says they will be poor, because they will not have the labor of black people to exploit.
“They will come back here with their tail between their legs," he said. "We will hire them because we will be the owners of their farms when they come back to South Africa. As to what we are going to do with the land, it’s our business, it’s none of your business."
“We are saying that which our people were killed for ... has not been achieved, and therefore we will continue with that struggle. When we say so, they say we are racist, they say we want to kill white people. Why would we kill white people? Our mothers and fathers are not murderers. The white settlers found them here, they killed them, they forcefully removed them, yet our people kept on saying: ‘Let’s talk.’"
“Today we say: ‘Let’s talk like our parents kept on saying to you. Let’s talk about how we are going to expropriate land without compensation.’ Then when we say so, they say we want to kill them.”
Malema can say what he wants, but the numbers do not lie. News.Au reports that stats from the civil rights group Afriforum shows that "82 people were killed in a record 423 attacks on farms last year. In 2018 so far, there have already been 109 attacks and more than 15 murders."
Those numbers could even be worse than reported because Artiforum claims they have to compile them independently of the South African government, which refuses to provide statistics.
“Rural areas are trapped in a crime war,” Afriforum head of safety Ian Cameron said. “Although the South African government denies that a violence crisis is staring rural areas in the face, the numbers prove that excessive violence plague these areas. Government cannot deny the facts — our people are being mowed down.”