The call for stricter law enforcement to deal with land grabs championed by the Economic Freedom Fighters will work in the party’s favour, its leader Julius Malema said on Wednesday.
“Sending in police works very well in favour of the EFF because you [are] going to shoot innocent people who are not part of the struggle and the next thing you have mobilised them into the EFF, and come 2016 communities are angry and they will reject you during elections,” he told Sapa during an interview.
“Those metro police are going to get tired at some point and they going to refuse attending to those things. Sooner or later they going to realise this is not a criminal matter, it’s a political matter.”
Earlier on Wednesday, Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa said the EFF was spreading anarchy in the city.
“I think the EFF has mastered the art of perpetuating anarchy. I think that if that goes unchecked it is going to undermine order in the country,” he told reporters in Pretoria.
He said the city had acquired “a blanket court interdict” against land invasions.
However, Malema warned of more land grabs.
“That one [Ramokgapo] must just ready himself because he is going to be too busy in the Tshwane area.
“Yesterday… alone two lands were occupied [and] he sent police.”
The EFF in Gauteng announced this week it would launch a programme to occupy vacant land this year.
The Gauteng provincial command team (PCT) held its first meeting on Saturday. The meeting followed the national people’s assembly (NPA) which was held in Bloemfontein in December.
The national conference elected the party’s top six leaders and 35 additional members to the party’s central command team.
Among its resolutions, the conference called for the invasion of unoccupied land across the country.
The party’s commission on land and agrarian reform said those who had lodged land claims should also occupy the claimed land.