Court to de­cide if Malema in­cited EFF mem­bers to break the law

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS -

THE “in­cite­ment” trial of EFF leader Julius Malema was sched­uled to take place in New­cas­tle, KZN, to­day.

Malema was due to ap­pear at the New­cas­tle Mag­is­trate’s Court on com­mon-law charges of in­cite­ment to com­mit a crime.

The charge sheet in­di­cates that the EFF leader is ac­cused of tres­pass­ing in con­tra­ven­tion of “sec­tion 1(1) read as sec­tion 2(1) of the Tres­pass Act 6 of 1959 as amended by Crim­i­nal Law Amend­ment Act 59 of 1983”.

In June last year, Malema had told sup­port­ers in New­cas­tle to oc­cupy land be­cause it be­longed to blacks; whites could not claim own­er­ship of land, he had said.

Af­ter his brief ap­pear­ance at the New­cas­tle Mag­is­trate’s Court in Novem­ber last year un­der the Riotous Assem­blies Act was post­poned – he was re­leased on a warn­ing – Malema stepped out­side the court and told his sup­port­ers to “oc­cupy the land be­cause they have failed to give you the land”. “If it means go­ing to prison for telling you to take the land, so be it.

“I am not scared of prison be­cause of the land ques­tion, but I am scared of prison if I go to prison for cor­rup­tion. I don’t want to go to prison for cor­rup­tion, but I want to go to prison for the land,” he had told sup­port­ers.

“We are not call­ing for the slaugh­ter of white peo­ple – at least for now.”

Malema’s le­gal team are dis­put­ing the con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity of the Riotous Assem­bly Act. The EFF has ac­cused the State of us­ing apartheid era laws to si­lence its crit­ics. – ANA

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