AS IT HAPPENED: Malema land occupation case postponed until 2018

2017-09-01 09:08

The matter involving charges against EFF leader Julius Malema over calls he had made for EFF supporters to invade unoccupied land has been postponed to March 16, 2018. Malema further aims to challenge the constitutionality of the Riotous Assemblies Act.

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Malema's land invasion trial to continue 

The trial of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema is expected to continue in the Newcastle Magistrate's court on Friday.

Malema is in hot water for calling on EFF supporters to invade unoccupied land in 2016.

According to the charge sheet, Malema has been accused of incitement to commit a crime.

"On November 7, 2016, in Newcastle, Malema unlawfully and intentionally incited, instigated, commanded or procured his Economic Freedom Fighters and or others to commit a crime, to wit, trespass, in contravention of Section 1 (1) of the Trespass Act 6 of 1959 by illegally occupying any vacant land wherever they found some and thereby committing the crime of incitement," the charge sheet reads. 

After his previous court appearance in July, Malema said he was merely repeating what the Freedom Charter said. 

01 Sep 09:09


'Defiant' Malema seeks High Court order to declare land invasion charges unconstitutional 

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has dismissed land invasion charges against him as a ruse to stifle the land debate and has remained firm with the way he views the issue.

"Our call still stands: People must occupy land. That is what the Freedom Charter says and if any court finds me guilty then it will have to find the Freedom Charter an illegal document," he said after appearing in the regional court, sitting in the magistrate's court in Newcastle on Tuesday.

Malema said he was just repeating what the Freedom Charter said.

"I repeat what the generations before us said. So it is not me inventing new things. That is what the struggle has always been about."

It emerged in court that Malema is now seeking a High Court order to declare the case against him unconstitutional, irrational and for it to be set aside. 

01 Sep 09:08


Malema 'land grab' case postponed 

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema's case in the Newcastle Magistrate's Court, over calls he made to supporters to invade unoccupied land, has been postponed to October.

Prosecutors asked that the case be heard on October 13, pending Malema's legal challenge over the constitutionality of the 1956 Riotous Assemblies Act, the EFF tweeted on Friday.

After court adjourned, Malema again called for his supporters to occupy land, as a white magistrate "could never understand" the pain of the land issue.

"Nothing is more painful than having to explain the land struggle to a white magistrate. No white people will ever understand that," the party quoted Malema as saying after the postponement.

"Please go on a occupy the land (sic). This land struggle has led to many blacks having a place they call a home." 

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