Malema will stand trial as High Court dismisses attempt to abolish Act

Malema will stand trial as High Court dismisses attempt to abolish Act

Julius Malema's application to have the Riotous Assemblies Act declared unconstitutional has been dismissed by the Pretoria High Court.

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The Economic Freedom Fighters' bid to have the Act declared unconstitutional was dismissed today by the High Court in Pretoria today.

Deputy Judge President Aubrey Ledwaba handed down the judgment, commenting that:

“Having considered all arguments, this court is of the view that this application is baseless and should be set aside. All parties are ordered to pay their own costs."

Briefly.co.za reported that Malema had been charged with violating the Act on two different occasions, urging followers to invade vacant land.

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Both these criminal trials had been put on hold pending the outcome of today's hearing, reports The Citizen.

Malema had filed the application in December, hoping to abolish the laws used to charge him, arguing that the Act was a remnant of apartheid-era legislation.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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