The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema will today appear in the Newcastle Magistrate’s Court, KwaZulu-Natal for calling on black South Africans to forcefully occupy the land.
Malema’s 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.
In reaction, the EFF in an interview slammed the ANC for charging Malema blindly. According to the red block, Malema’s statements were valid and in accordance with the truth; because his statements were drawn from the Freedom Charter.
“Twenty-two years after democracy‚ the ANC government says the CIC [commander-in-chief] Julius Malema has contravened this Act by saying to our people‚ on the occasion of the 61st Anniversary of the Freedom Charter‚ they have the right to occupy land wherever they choose.
This is a direct quotation from the Freedom Charter which the state that ‘all shall have the right to occupy land wherever they choose’. In essence, the CIC Julius Malema is charged for speaking about the Freedom Charter‚” the party said.
EFF To March Outside Newcastle Magistrate’s Court
The party further alleged that Malema is being charged by the Zuma-led government because he has been very critical of the government.
Nevertheless, the EFF vowed to demonstrate outside the Newcastle Magistrate’s Court in defense of the Freedom Charter and its national president.
The party reiterated that it will not withdraw its calls for the illegal occupation of land; even as Malema stands in the dock for making a similar call.