Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says South Africa has failed its women.

He was addressing his party’s Women’s Day commemoration in Pietermaritzburg on Thursday.

Malema said South Africa’s women are under attack from the country’s men.

EFF the only party that can rescue women and restore their dignity

He said all sectors of society, including churches, are complicit in oppressing women.

Malema said increasing women’s land ownership is critical to empowering them and the nation.

“A woman must get a land, not because she has a child or she has a husband, no. The fact that she qualifies she must get a land, we must give her a land. And therefore in South Africa, when we take the land, each woman must have a hector. It must be one woman one hector. If we give women the land, we know they will work it. They will produce food to feed their children. There will be production in South Africa.”

The EFF leader also urged the private sector to close the gender pay gap and men shouldn’t be threatened by earning the same salary as women.