7 June 2019

South Africa: EFF Leader Says Alex Land Occupations Not Their Fault - and Party Will 'Intensify' Struggle


The EFF was unrepentant about its call for land occupations when its Gauteng chairperson addressed the Alexandra Inquiry, despite earlier evidence that this had aggravated the situation in the township.

Economic Freedom Fighters' Gauteng provincial chairperson Mandisa Mashego says the party will "intensify" its call for the occupation of land, despite some Alexandra residents saying these calls contribute to human rights infringements in the township.

Testifying at the Alexandra Inquiry, Mashego said:

"The EFF exists primarily to advance the struggle for land justice... which translates to economic justice ultimately. Our first policy position is that land in South Africa must be expropriated without compensation."

The EFF's appearance at the Alexandra Inquiry comes after the commission heard evidence from former MEC for Human Settlements, Uhuru Moiloa, that informal settlements in Alexandra and elsewhere have sprung up as a result of the call for land occupation by EFF leader Julius Malema. The commission then issued a request to Malema to testify about his statements.

The Alexandra Inquiry, headed by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and the Office of the Public Protector is investigating overcrowding, water and sanitation, lack of housing and allegations of corruption involving the R1.3-billion Alexandra Renewal Project...

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