At a gala dinner in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, at the weekend, ANC Youth League (ANCYL) leader Julius Malema seized the opportunity to exhort black South Africans to have more babies.
Malema urged a full hall in the Ehlanzeni municipal administration building to have as many babies as possible–“to prevent the revolution from losing steam”.
“Having babies is a revolutionary thing. You must reproduce! If you shame a black man about his large family, you should immediately change your attitude,” Malema said. At the same event, Malema was reported to have called for the nationalisation of 60% of Anglo American.
“What Anglo does with the other 40% is their business,” he told the assembled audience on Friday.
He predicted that the nationalisation of mines would “happen in my lifetime”.
City Press reported that Malema was in fine form, “spitting fire” at companies controlled by whites that did not share enough of their wealth with blacks.
“Share that delicious piece of cake,” he said to loud applause. “Don’t eat it all alone!”
Malema said unemployment was the cause of recent political unrest, and nationalisation was the only way to solve it.
“Maybe it is time for the youth to climb into the driving seat of the car,” he said.
He did not advocate taking over all white businesses: “We just want a fair share. If we don’t do it (nationalisation), we will always stay poor. The Oppenheimers don’t need to worry because we only want 60% of Anglo American’s money.”
Malema said Anglo American had agreed to give 51% of its mining interests to black people in Botswana. “We can’t understand why they don’t want to do it in South Africa. They think black people are idiots and they abuse us in South Africa.”
Any black man who did not agree with the ANC on this was “under the influence of capitalists”, he said.
“An uprising is coming to South Africa and the uprising will not be against the ANC,” he said to screaming and cheering ANC members.
“The uprising will target white men and white monopolies. It won’t be aimed at white women.”