Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema wants his followers to stop naming newly occupied land after him, his spokesperson said on Wednesday.
“The commander in chief [CIC] of the EFF, fighter Julius Sello Malema, humbly requests that revolutionaries engaged in land occupation struggles not name the new neighbourhoods after his name,” spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said.
“The CIC is in full support of the struggles of the people, as it is the policy of the EFF, and celebrates the bravery and determination of the homeless to engage in practical struggle to reclaim South Africa as their home.”
Malema did not want to start a personality cult by having settlements named after him. He felt places should be named after the “very old and retired or who have passed away”.
“This is because many highly active revolutionaries are subject to make mistakes, and if these mistakes are grave, then the named neighbourhoods remain with a name forever.”
Last month people occupied land near Nellmapius, east of Pretoria, and called the settlement Malemaville. – Sapa