- EFF leader Julius Malema appeared in a Manguang court briefly on Friday after he allegedly incited his followers to invade land
- The matter has been postponed until 27 July 2018
- Malema addressed a crowd of his supporters outside of the courthouse and told them whites were part of South Africa, but the needed to share the land
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema made a brief appearance at a Manguang court on Friday. Malema has been charged for breaching the Riotous Assemblies Act.
Malema’s defence team asked for the matter to be postponed until 27 July 2018, his challenge on the validity of the Riotous Assemblies Act is due to be heard in the North Gauteng High Court later this year.
The latest charges against Malema stem from his alleged calls on EFF supporters to invade unoccupied land.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Malema faces charges in two separate cases for his outspoken views on land invasions. In 2014, he told the EFF’s elective conference that his party would occupy unoccupied land because the people needed land.
Malema addressed a crowd of supporters outside of the courtroom in Manguang. He couldn’t resist taking a dig at former president Jacob Zuma’s own court appearance earlier in the day.
Malema said: "I am happy to appear before a court of law, not because I am accused of stealing money from the poor . . . we are here not because we raped‚ killed or stole anything. But because we recited the Freedom Charter that people will have the right to occupy land wherever they choose."
Malema said land in South Africa went hand in hand with dignity, housing and employment. He said there were countless unemployed people gathered outside the court, but if they had land, they would be at home working that land.
Malema took a slightly softer stance on the land matter on Friday when he said: “Nowhere in the policies of the EFF do we speak of driving whites into the sea. South Africa would be boring without whites‚ they have naturalized. It’s like waking up one day and there are no trees. They are part of SA‚ but they must share the land."
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