South African High court sitting in the North Gauteng has finally barred the firebrand EFF commander-in-chief, Julius Malema, from inciting his supporters and other black South Africans to pursue forceful land grabs
The high court decided thus in favour of the Lobby groups AfriForum and AfriBusiness who applied for an order interdicting the EFF leader and his party from inciting land grabs.
The civil rights organisation AfriForum had days after Malema appeared briefly in a Bloemfontein court for allegedly inciting party members to invade lands in December 2014, applied for an interdict against the firebrand leader to ban him from inciting land grabs.
Malema was charged with contravening the Riotous Assemblies Act of 1956. But, despite court charges against him, the defiant leader had continued to insist on forcefully retrieving lands belonging to black South Africans.
The political leader had during a Freedom Charter rally on 26 June, last year, encouraged EFF members to occupy any vacant land they came across and earlier this month, the leader reiterated the need for land to return to the original owners- the blacks.
Then he took to his twitter handle where he charged black SA citizens to take up any land that suits them as they look to government to fast-track its law on land expropriation.
Malema ‘s comment on forceful land grabs came after President Jacob Zuma’s asked the parliament to fast-track moves for land expropriation without compensation law that would see blacks retrieving the lands originally belonging to them.
Zuma announced during his 2017 State of the Nation Address (SONA) that his government was making plans to legislate for the seizure of farmland by the government without compensation, in a bid to accelerate the redistribution of land from large land owners to the country’s black majority.
He said that government was doing its best in amending laws that would enable faster land reform, including land expropriation without compensation as provided for in the constitution.
Speaking to the parliament days after, Malema defended Zuma’s comment on land expropriation without compensation, saying it was needful for the sake of black African unity and that this must not be used as a politicking tactics.
“This is a motion that seeks to unite black people in the country. If leadership was united this wouldn’t be a problem” he said, adding that if 75 percent of South African lands remain in the hands of the whites people “We remain a conquered nation because of this.”
“We remain a conquered nation because white monopoly capital still owns the means of production, and at the center of that is the land question. Black people, all of us, we need to unite and amend the Constitution so that we can expropriate land without compensation.”
Meanwhile, the high court in North Gauteng has on Tuesday, barred Malema from encouraging land grabs, thus he could be held in contempt of court if he ignores the ruling.