Fri. Nov 15th, 2019

No borders in South Africa? Julius Malema’s latest proposal turns heads

Julius Malema EFF bordersA borderless South Africa? That seems to be Julius Malema’s latest election promise: He explained his proposals to Eusebius McKaiser on Thursday.

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Julius Malema on the campaign trail has already proved to be blockbuster entertainment, if not a little divisive. We’ve seen Juju ask police to shoot him, name his demands for a role in a coalition government and even take his first Metrorail train ride – and that’s all been in the last 24 hours.

Malema swapped the streets for the studio on Thursday and was locked in a robust debate with Radio 702 host Eusebius McKaizer. The EFF leader was certainly more reserved in the booth than he has been on-stage recently and discussed several key areas of party policy. He also considered the possibility of “an unled revolution” in SA:

Julius Malema proposes “no borders” in South Africa

However, after getting the usual shtick about land expropriation and free higher education, Julius Malema took us down a different avenue: He suggested that South Africa’s borders “will not exist” if his party come to power:

“Borders will not be there when the EFF is in government. If we speak decolonisation of education and other things, that must include the borders.”

In fact, an increasingly fiesty CIC also took a swipe at those who are quick to blame “foreigners” for the lack of jobs in South Africa. He teased those who believe the xenophobic narrative, saying that immigrants aren’t the reason they can’t find a partner. Damn, Julius. That was cold…

“The truth is when we are done fighting the foreigners, there will be a tribal war; there still will not be jobs and you still won’t get that woman you want because you will still be afraid to propose.”

How would a land without borders function?

Malema did not elaborate too much on how a borderless state would work but did suggest that a foreign national – say, a Zimbabwean – could send their medical bill back to Zimbabwe once they’d received treatment in Mzansi. It’s a pie-in-the-sky idea, but it’s one that Julius Malema seems very keen to establish.

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