EFF want Rupert to commit to processes that will speed up redistribution of land.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana.
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) supporters are gathering in Stellenbosch ahead of the party's land march.
EFF leader Julius Malema is expected to lead the march to business tycoon Johann Rupert's business entity, Remgro Limited, while deputy president Floyd Shivambu would lead a march to Leopard Creek, a gold estate owned by Rupert in Mpumalanga.
The Economic Freedom Fighters, the second-largest opposition party, said Malema, will lead the protest at wine farms in the Western Cape province owned by Richemont’s controlling shareholder and chairman Johann Rupert, 71, on Wednesday to mark the day the Dutchman Jan van Riebeeck first arrived in the country. The party will also picket at Rupert’s properties in the northern Mpumalanga province.
Van Riebeeck, who in 1652 set up a ship-supply station that became what's known today as Cape Town, is regarded as the first European colonizer of South Africa.
EFF spokesperson Sinawo Tambo told journalists Van Riebeeck's arrival had left Africans destitute.
"There must be a concrete contribution by someone who has amassed so much wealth on the back of black people to contribute to our upliftment because that wealth is not his own. He is the benefactor of that first colonial crime of land theft in 1652, so he must redistribute that wealth. That is the concrete proposal we will give to him," said Tambo.
The party wants Rupert to commit to processes that will speed up the redistribution of land.
Inequality along racial lines persists in the country almost three decades after the end of White-minority rule. The three richest South Africans are white men.
The EFF and other left-leaning groups have long targeted Rupert, who has a net worth of $11.1 billion, calling him the face of so-called "White monopoly capital," a local term referring to the economy being dominated by white people who make up less than 10% of the population.
Richemont is the maker of Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels jewelery, as well as Vacheron Constantin and Jaeger-LeCoultre watches.