The EFF is calling on their members to come out and show support for their leader, Julius Malema as he is set to appear in the Newcastle Magistrate’s Court. He's been charged with contravening the Riotous Assemblies Act.
Julius Malema, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, have been charged with contravening the Riotous Assemblies Act of 1956 after telling his followers in 2016 that they should occupy land.
Malema is set to appear in the Newcastle Magistrate’s Court again on Monday, 25 February, and his party is calling on members for support.
Vusi Khoza, EFF KwaZulu-Natal chairman, told African News Agency that leaders of the party have been travelling in the Amajuba district to make sure supporters will show up in huge numbers.
We are hoping for between 3000 and 10 000 people, but you never can tell. We will also use the opportunity as an [election] rally. [Malema] will address the crowd following his appearance.
According to Khoza, if South Africans support Malema, they will show they also support what he is fighting for - land expropriation.
By supporting him, we show that we support the cause he is fighting for, which is expropriation of land without compensation of any available land.
It is something that we are not apologetic about. What makes us all upset is that an [apartheid-era] law is being used [to try to silence Malema], which we believe is unconstitutional.
We are looking forward to a great rally [on Monday]. In the past when he appeared in the court, people from various political parties came to show support because they believe in [expropriation of land without compensation].
Briefly.co.za gathered that Malema's court appearance will probably be short because his legal team wants to challenge the constitutionality of the Act.
Malema's legal eagles claim the Act is a "relic of apartheid that was used to suppress the free speech of black citizens and should be scrapped,".
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