DURBAN – Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has said deadly flooding in KwaZulu-Natal should be reason enough for the government to expropriate land without compensation.
Malema made the announcement during his visit to the province to assess the extent of flood damage.
The firebrand EFF commander-in-chief started his KZN visit at KwaMsuthu – an informal site where over 50 huts were destroyed.
“We were told that this constitution allows the expropriation of land without compensation. This is an opportune time for them to exercise this section.
Scores of people have been left destitute after floods destroy their homes and there were fears that the remaining houses were also in danger of collapsing.
Malema said the party will donate R500,000 to support communities in the province.
Malema said the government needed to relocate the community which makes land expropriation a reasonable and urgent matter.
“Why should we have those people there? A national catastrophe would have meant a state of emergency. These people should be removed and relocated.
He added that they would also visit affected parishioners who are housed in a local ward.
The KwaZulu Natal floods death toll tops 435 and is set to rise as the search for missing persons continues.