The state has postponed the case against Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema to 5 June next year.
On Monday, Malema made a brief appearance in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on charges of contravening the Riotous Assemblies Act.
The case was postponed pending the outcome of the High Court application challenging the constitutionality of the act.
Malema’s lawyer, Tumi Mokoena confirmed the postponement of the case. He said the move was taken in order to “enable us to prosecute the constitutional challenge of the Riotous Assemblies Act in the Pretoria High Court, which we filed sometime last week.”
Malema had earlier appeared in the Newcastle Magistrate’s Court, KwaZulu-Natal on November 7. His statements, which contravene the Riotous Assemblies Act was publicly made in 2014 and June 2016 respectively.
In 2014, the opposition leader told EFF’s elective conference in Bloemfontein that land is essential and must be occupied; because it belongs to indigenous blacks. Malema said: “We are going to occupy the unoccupied land because we need the land. For us to eat‚ we must have the land. For us to work‚ we must have the land… I come from Seshego. If there is unoccupied land‚ we will go and occupy the land with my branch. You must go and do the same in the branch where you come from.”
In June 2016, during the 61st Freedom Charter celebration, he also urged EFF’s supporters in Newcastle, in the northern KwaZulu-Natal, to take over unoccupied land because it belongs to the country’s black African majority. He was served with a summons in October for this statement.
Malema’s Driver Arrested Ahead Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court Appearance
In the meantime, Malema has once again reminded his die-hard fans that justice is incomplete without land expropriation. The indefatigable land agitator stated this shortly after his appearance at the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court today.
Moments after he sang some revolutionary songs with Bloemfontein residnets, he thanked them for defending the Freedom Charter with him.
In a related story, reports which emerged in the early hours of today said Malema’s driver was arrested after he evaded traffic authorities who stopped him for speeding near Parys in the Free State.