We are free but we’re not independent, says Julius Malema



Julius Malema the EFF leader
said the ANC has disappointed the nation’s citizens and has also withheld economic independence to millions.

Julius Malema complained on Monday that even though South Africa is celebrating Freedom Day ,South Africans should bear in mind that they do not have the freedom.

Malema said this when he was addressing people on an online address.

He said even though we do have many victories to celebrate about this day which is when we got our democratic freedom in 1994, we however also have many shortcomings that should be addressed.

As south Africans we have managed to achieve political freedom, but economic freedom is yet to be achieved.

“As revolutionaries it is very vital that we remember this day as an important shift to political freedom, but we did not gain independence,” said Malema.

“It is countries such as Burkina Faso, where Thomas Sankara took the land and constructed a productive industrial and agricultural economy and did not pay economic debt when independence was achieved.

“Look at Ghana, where Kwame Nkrumah built an economy with Africans at the middle, championing calls for continental unity in order to give independent to Africa, where independence was achieved.

“It was in the economically-struggling Zimbabwe, where Robert Mugabe implemented the Lancaster Agreement, after being betrayed by Britain, where independence was achieved,” he went on.

“In South Africa, the 27th of April is a day when we gained political freedom but not economical freedom and independence. Many sacrifices were made which saw the economy remain in the hands of the oppressor.”

Malema accussed the ANC for failing to adminster complete independence to South Africans.

The ANC, he said, was instead involved in “greed and corruption” and destroying the minimal gains of the 1994 breakthrough.

“The liberation movement has become friends with the same people who make our own people to appear like slaves in their own land,” he said.

“The ANC will continues to achieve its agenda as the go between of African people and white minority rule, using political power to protect the interests of imperialism.

“This liberation movement has also fallen prey to greed, self-centered and corruption.lt has also failed to utilize it’s political power to industrialise our economy and build independent capacity in all sectors and create a developmental state.”

The outspoken EFF leader also shunned the government’s decision to borrow money from the IMF and World Bank to add to funds in the fight against Covid-19, saying this would affect the little independence SA had.

Malema urged that instead of approaching the IMF, the country should look at other options such as unclaimed insurance funds and help from the SA Reserve Bank.