South Africa’s left wing party, the Economic Freedom Fighters has announced plans to ditch the apartheid law that pushed its leader Julius Malema to the court last week.
Ahead of today’s Parliamentary sitting, the red beret party disclosed that it will table a draft resolution in Parliament to have the apartheid laws dropped.
Earlier this month, precisely on November 14, Julius Malema appeared at the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court after the AfriForum laid charges against him for land grab comments on November 7.
On November 7, Malema was in the Newcastle Magistrate’s Court for contravening the Riotous Assemblies Act of 1956 (an apartheid regime law act) in two related incidents.
The first took place in 2014 when the opposition leader told EFF’s elective conference in Bloemfontein that land is essential and must be occupied because it belongs to indigenous blacks.
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.
The fearless leader has often maintained that the issue of land in the country must be settled peacefully – although he had severally accused the ruling party of soft-pedalling land issues.
An unfazed Malema said he’s well aware that these baseless charges are politically-influenced by the Zuma-led administration. He vowed to fight with everything he has until land is returned to its original owners; insisting that the black race has suffered for long in their own land.
Lately, land issue has been at the centre of discussions in Parliament’s portfolio committee on rural development and land reform. The committee has been holding public hearings on the Extension of Security of Tenure Bill, which seeks to address the question of the rights of occupiers and regulate the eviction of farmworkers.
The committe has conducted hearings in Limpopo and in the Northern Cape respectively. It is understood that the committee will hopefully deal with another land issue that emanated from the Constitutional Court judgment in 2017.