Explainer: How Malema's land grab comments could land him in jail

Explainer: How Malema's land grab comments could land him in jail

- Julius Malema is appearing in the Pretoria High Court on Thursday morning

- This is in connection with the charges he faces for violating the Riotous Assembles Act

- Now, however, Malema's lawyers are arguing that the Act itself is unlawful

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Julius Malema is back in court on Thursday morning relating to his alleged contravention of the Riotous Assemblies Act.

The EFF leader was charged with violating the Act by encouraging people to unlawfully occupy land.

Now, however, Malema is challenging the constitutionality of the Act.

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Malema faces charges for inciting land grabs on several occasions. Malema's legal team is now arguing that the Riotous Assemblies Act, under which Malema is accused, is itself unlawful. The Act was passed in 1956 during apartheid. As a result, Malema's lawyers claim that the Act has no place in a democratic South Africa.

While it is true that the Act was passed during the apatheid era, the law continues to serve a purpose as a means of protecting private property, according to The South African.

Additionally, Malema's legal representatives say that the EFF leader has only ever incited people to occupy vacant land, Briefly.co.za has gathered. However, Malema has not always specified this detail while making his controversial remarks.

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Regardless, it seems that Malema's legal troubles regarding the issue are unlikely to be over soon. Indeed, it is not impossible that the Red Berets' commander-in-chief could face potential jail time for violating the Act.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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