White people who are remorseful about apartheid might consider giving up something they inherited from apartheid, as West Germany did when they paid compensation to Israel, EFF leader Julius Malema said on Saturday at the EFF’s national congress – the so-called “national assembly” – proposed at Nasrec south of Johannesburg.
Malema argued that the tribulation of black people began in 1652 with the arrival of Jan van Riebeeck, and black people had to live with the exploitation for centuries and make the best of it to survive.
He says the EFF is committed to socialism to counter the inequalities, exploitation and hardship that the capitalist system has brought to South Africa so far, and that the EFF’s endorsement of socialism as a more equitable system is not at all a endorsement of what has been done in the name of socialism over the years.
Malema said that while many white South Africans are very racist, they are not black South Africans’ big problem. Black South Africans have their own biggest problem about how they behave. He referred to how dirty townships are and how people assault and murder each other there for every libel, and said black people’s behavior must first and foremost show that they respect both themselves and other black people.
About 4,000 delegates from across the country attend the conference until Monday to discuss policy and elect top-level leaders.