The political force behind the “pay back the money” movement sure have been practising what they preach recently, even if it hasn’t been on their own terms. The EFF have avoided the need to hand over their assets to AfriForum, but it has come at another six-figure price.
How much the EFF have paid AfriForum
The red berets, led by Julius Malema, have successfully completed a transfer of R109 000 to their political nemeses. It is the third such payment AfriForum have received from the party after Juju had repeatedly broken court orders to stop encouraging citizens to occupy private land.
This all trails back to a series of court cases from 2017, where the two organisations faced off over “land grabs”. Every time Malema broke this rule in public, AfriForum took the political party to court. They’ve won at all five appearances, ramping up the EFF’s legal bills past the half-a-million rand mark.
Why the EFF have ended up funding an anti land expropriation case
One of the biggest ironies of the case is how the Afrikaner group plan to use the money against the EFF, too. Both sides are on the extreme-opposite sides of land expropriation without compensation. Malema and his supporters want all land returning to the state, whereas AfriForum doesn’t advocate the return of any land to displaced citizens (for free).
CEO Kallie Kriel has explained that his organisation want to “fight the EFF with their own money”. Every cent they receive from the red berets will indeed go towards opposing land expropriation in the courts.
“We will apply Malema and the EFF’s payments to the civil rights organisation for court opposition against attempts to amend the country’s Constitution to make expropriation without compensation possible.”
What is still owed to AfriForum
With Sunday’s payment successfully making its way via EFT, almost two-thirds of the EFF’s debt has been paid off. These figures show how much money the party are directly contributing to a court case which is fighting against their main political policy:
- What the EFF have paid AfriForum so far: R344 000
- What they have left to pay: R206 000
- EFF’s total debt to AfriForum: R550 000