Organisation threatens high court action against Malema

2016-04-26 22:07
(Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

(Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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Johannesburg – Another organisation has called on EFF leader Julius Malema to withdraw comments made on the Al-Jazeera network recently, threatening legal action if he did not.

In a letter to Malema sent via its lawyers, the Society for the Protection of Our Constitution said his remarks “constitute and satisfy the elements of incitement and high treason in that they threaten, violate and endanger the existence, independence and security of the state”.

“We appeal to you [Malema] to use your charisma and influence over the youth of this country to promote democratic and non-violent behaviour to uplift the constitutional values enshrined in the constitution and further that you withdraw these inciteful remarks.

“If you do not take these steps within seven days of receipt hereof our clients may approach the High Court for a declarator to have your comments declared unlawful.”

Serious concern

During an episode of Talk To Al Jazeera, Malema told interviewer, Jonah Hull, that if the ruling ANC continued to respond violently to peaceful protests, “We will run out of patience very soon and we will remove this government through the barrel of a gun.”

On Monday, the ANC opened a case of treason against Malema with Police Minister Nathi Nhleko on Tuesday confirming the case.

Nhleko said the police had noted with “serious concern the reckless and inflammatory statements which made their way into the public space”.

He said the statements could have far-reaching implications, such as "plunging the country into chaos", if not handled properly and contextualised.

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