An­other charge laid against Malema

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - SAKHILE NDLAZI

AFRIFO­RUM is a bored and lack­lus­tre or­gan­i­sa­tion that is ex­haust­ing the jus­tice sys­tem’s re­sources, EFF spokesper­son Mbuyiseni Nd­lozi said yes­ter­day.

The MP was re­act­ing after the civil rights or­gan­i­sa­tion laid charges against EFF pres­i­dent Julius Malema, for in­cite­ment to grab land.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion laid charges against Malema for al­legedly in­cit­ing peo­ple to take over white peo­ple’s land dur­ing the party’s 4th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions in KwaZulu-Na­tal at the week­end.

AfriFo­rum was lay­ing its sec­ond charge of in­cit­ing and in­sti­gat­ing vi­o­lence against the out­spo­ken leader, at the Lyt­tel­ton Po­lice Sta­tion.

But Nd­lozi said the or­gan­i­sa­tion was des­per­ately try­ing to re­main rel­e­vant in the chang­ing po­lit­i­cal land­scape.

“They must se­ri­ously get a life. How many times can they lay the same charge? They are being re­dun­dant and inessen­tial,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to the or­gan­i­sa­tion, Malema took the fol­low­ing stand­point dur­ing his speech dur­ing the birth­day cel­e­bra­tions.

“If you don’t have a piece of land, you are a coward. Go and iden­tify a piece of land any­where you like. That is your land. In my ward in Seshego, we did that. The owner came and said he had been lis­ten­ing and we could take half. If you don’t lis­ten you will lose the whole land. White land own­ers must share land,” Malema had said.

AfriFo­rum deputy chief ex­ec­u­tive Ernst Roets said in terms of the Tres­pass Act, it was il­le­gal to oc­cupy land with­out the con­sent of the owner or per­son in charge of the land.

Roets re­quested the po­lice to in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter with­out de­lay. AfriFo­rum re­quested the po­lice to pro­vide feed­back on a reg­u­lar ba­sis and also of­fered any as­sis­tance the or­gan­i­sa­tion may be able to pro­vide.

Lyt­tel­ton Po­lice Sta­tion sub­se­quently opened an in­quiry docket.

Ac­cord­ing to Roets, the last straw that broke the camel’s back was when Malema said “peo­ple who are not pre­pared to do so are cow­ards. He went a step fur­ther this time”.

“Ba­si­cally what he is say­ing is if you don’t want to be a coward and are an EFF sup­porter then you must break into white peo­ples’ prop­erty,” said Roets.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion was con­cerned that Malema was ac­tively in­cit­ing crim­i­nal be­hav­iour. “If there are po­lit­i­cal is­sues that need to be re­solved, that must be dealt with in a po­lit­i­cal man­ner. He is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to break the law to fur­ther his po­lit­i­cal agenda,” he said.

Malema is em­broiled in a court case after being charged un­der the Riotous Assem­blies Act for two in­ci­dents that took place in Bloem­fontein in 2014, and in New­cas­tle this year.

He faces two charges re­lat­ing to land-grabs; the first based on com­ments made in 2014, when he told sup­port­ers that they should oc­cupy land in their re­spec­tive branches.

The sec­ond re­lates to com­ments made in June 2016, in which he said white peo­ple could not hold any claim to land in South Africa and that black peo­ple should not be ashamed of oc­cu­py­ing the land il­le­gally.

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