Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has taken a swipe at Tuesday’s Agri SA’s media briefing on the ongoing drought.
Jacaranda FM shared a picture of Agri SA’s officials at the briefing on Twitter as part of their reporting.
On Wednesday, Malema took issue with the racial composition of the officials holding the media briefing.
‘An indication of who owns the land’
He wrote, “Just look at this ugly picture of white males, a clear indication of who owns the land in our country. #OurLand.”
EFF MP and national spokesperson Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi retweeted Malema’s reply. He also posted a tweet of his own in which he asked, “Who own the land in South Africa: White males?”
According to its website, Agri SA is a federation of agricultural organisations drawn from across the country.
Its mission is to “promote the development, profitability, stability and sustainability of primary agriculture in South Africa by means of its involvement and input on national and international policy and the implementation thereof.”
Appeal for drought relief
In its media briefing, Agri SA appealed for relief to farmers affected by the ongoing drought in some parts of the country.
It said the drought is currently affecting 37.44% of rural communities in the country, with Western Cape, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape and Limpopo the most affected.
Agri SA Executive Director Omri van Zyl said, “Many of our farmers and rural people are at the end of their wits, end of the line. It’s time that we all take hands and solve this problem together as a nation.”
They added that agricultural output had declined by 9.2% in the first half of 2019 compared to the same period last year.
They said food security could be affected and government has a choice between “eating and flying,” seemingly referring to the several bailouts granted to struggling national carrier South African Airways (SAA).
Agri SA has established a drought disaster fund to help provide relief to affected farmers. The officials appealed to the public to make donations to it.