In a previous incarnation whenever I stood before fresh undergraduates at the start of each semester I would trick them into discussing things such as "progress" or "development" as a way to immerse them in critical thinking. I used this trick as a heuristic device to get them to question the question, examine the ways in which statements are presented as facts, and how facts can be selected to tell particular stories that reveal more iniquitous motives and states of affairs. The general rule in class was that if you made a factual statement it was usually good practice to provide evidence to support it. What is the point of this? Well, I want to make the statement that Julius Malema would strengthen his case on two of his policy statements if he were to provide evidence. The first statement is that all land in SA is stolen property. The second is that all land, banks and industries have to be nationalised to tackle SA’s problems, especially inequality. If Malema is to be taken at h...

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