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‘Go after a white man’: South African politician fuels racial tensions after vote to seize land

Doc Thompson

What happened?

Things are getting worse in South Africa. Julius Malema, leader of the Marxist-Revolutionary Economic Freedom Party, has become even more outspoken against the white minority population in the country after the South African parliament voted to seize land from white farmers without compensation.

Malema is fighting for Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Athol Trollip to be removed from office because he is white.

“So, these people, when you want to hit them hard – go after a white man,” Malema said. “They feel a terrible pain, because you have touched a white man. ... We are starting with this whiteness. We are cutting the throat of whiteness."

Remind me:

South Africa’s parliament voted last week to take land from white farmers without compensation. President Cyril Ramaphosa has vowed that the land transfer can be done in a way that doesn’t result in increased violence and a dangerous disruption to food production – even though that’s exactly what happened when Zimbabwe did the same thing.

What else should I know?

Activist and documentary maker Lauren Southern has been following the trials of white farmers in South Africa while the world has ignored the issue. She joined today’s show to talk about the latest news from South Africa, which is getting more attention after the South African parliament’s vote. The land seize is purportedly intended to make up for the colonizers who took the land hundreds of years ago, but why does it make sense to target people based on race now?

Listen to the full interview here:

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