Black First Land First (BLF) leader Andile Mngxitama suggested during a debate with economist Dawie Roodt on Tuesday evening that the majority of the white working class and poor South Africans should join forces with their black counterparts in the pursuit of land expropriation without compensation.

Mngxitama, who was speaking at the Rumble in Jungle debate hosted by the Cape Town Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Cape Town, said these groups of white people should join forces with their landless black counterparts because only a few “white elite” own land in South Africa.

“So the majority of white people actually do not own land. So, this idea that they are the defence force of white monopoly capital, the elite white class, is irrational. A rational proposition would have been the white working class, the white poor [coming] together with black people and actually dispossess the white elite,” Mngxitama said.

“They must indeed give property, all kinds of property, back to its rightful owners. The rightful owners are not the blacks or the original people or the indigenous people. The rightful owners are people that can reasonably prove that they are the rightful owners or descendants of the rightful owners,” Roodt argued.