IN QUOTES | Julius Malema's address: 'The EFF does not support the death penalty'

06 September 2019 - 08:07 By Cebelihle Bhengu
EFF leader Julius Malema.
EFF leader Julius Malema.
Image: ALON SKUY/THE TIMES

The EFF on Thursday held a press briefing during which party leader Julius Malema let the public in on the party's stance on the current rampant attacks on foreign nationals and gender-based violence.

Here's what he said:

I won't lead criminals

“You cannot replace crime with crime. You cannot replace a tendency with a tendency. It's a societal responsibility to root out criminals. I am not going to be part of stoning my own brother. I am not going to be part of looting. I don't want to be a president of thugs and criminals who beat up people.”

Women are targets 

“We cannot tell our sisters to fight their struggle when it is clear that a war has been waged against them.”

We're against death penalty

“We don't support death penalty. Anyone who supports the death penalty must give scientific evidence of where death penalty has succeeded in reducing crime. The legal system in SA is very expensive, you may be wrongfully accused and because you can't afford proper legal representation, you will be hanged.”

White people are the problem

“The owners of the means of production are white people. It is white people who prefer foreign nationals over South Africans. And they instil in us that it is foreign nationals that are taking jobs when it is them that are giving them jobs.”

We must fight the ANC

“The battle must be taken to the real people who control our lives, the ANC government and big businesses that has failed to make our economy grow, create jobs, defeat poverty and unemployment.”

On Uyinene's murderer 

“The killer of Nene was an employee of the post office and it is alleged that he had a criminal record and history of murder. A responsible government and employer should have known this.”

EFF leader Julius Malema held a news conference at the party's headquarters in Johannesburg on September 5 2019. Malema spoke widely and in depth about the current gender-based violence and xenophobic attacks happening in South Africa.


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