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Malema: Go and occupy that land, don't apologise

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has encouraged his supporters to occupy land without fear or guilt.

Speaking at an election rally in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, Malema urged supporters not be apologetic about occupying land illegally.

If you see a piece of land, and you like it, don't apologise. Go and occupy that land. That land belongs to us.

Julius Malema, EFF leader

Malema critiqued the Freedom Charter, insisting that white people have no claim to land in South Africa, reports EWN's Clement Manyathela.

He suggested that it should be the black majority who decide what portion of land white people are entitled to.

He believes that it is the black majority of this country who are the rightful owners of the land.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

Meanwhile, poverty studies expert Ruth Hall says that Malema has used the same rhetoric on land for several years.

According to Hall, the speech was a strategic move to capture a rural constituency within the ANC's heartland of KZN.

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:

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