Commander in Chief (CIC) of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Julius Malema, said South Africans who want to leave for Australia must go, adding that nobody would be begging them to stay.
Malema, speaking at a Human Rights Day rally in Ermelo on Wednesday, said Australia had been a haven for racist South Africans for more than two decades now, adding he was sure there was room for more of them to follow.
The CIC’s comments come in the wake of reports that the Australian government was considering the fast-tracking of visas for South African farmers, following the National Assembly’s resolution on land expropriation without compensation earlier this year.
An ad hoc committee has since been appointed to conduct a review of Section 25 of the Constitution, and that committee is set to complete its work by the end of August. The public participation process is already about to get underway.
The wheels are already turning and Malema told disgruntled South Africans that they could either opt to be a part of that change or flee to Australia.
“Now Australia says: ‘Malema, EFF, wants to kill white farmers. They must come to Australia.’ If they want to go, they must go,” said Malema on Wednesday.
However, he also explained that those farmers should leave their means of production behind so that South Africans could get on with the business of working the land.
“They must leave the key of the tractors, because we want to work the land. They must leave the keys of the houses, because we want to stay in those houses,” added Malema.
“They must leave everything they did not come with here, in South Africa and go to Australia. We are too busy, leave quietly. 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 racists again who are going back to Australia. They will be poor in Australia. They are rich here because they are exploiting black people. There is no black person to be exploited in Australia. They are going to be poor. They will come back here, with their tails in between their legs. We will hire them, because we will be the owners of the farms when they come back to South Africa.”