South Africa’s Julius Malema Tests Apartheid-Era Law

Posted by on Nov 21, 2016 in Apartheid-Era Law, Law |

South Africa’s Julius Malema Tests Apartheid-Era Law
South African opposition figure Julius Malema is challenging an apartheid-era law applied to prosecute him over calls to occupy the white-owned land.
He is implicated of urging his fans to occupy white-owned land in a speech he gave up June, in conflict with the 1956 Riotous Assemblies Act.
A judge has consented to postpone his trial while he challenges the act in the Constitutional Court.
Land reform is still a highly sensitive issue in South Africa.
Twenty-two years after completion of white-minority rule, most of the country’s best farmland is owned by a few thousand white farmers.
Outside the court, Mr. Malema informed fans: “What we are calling for is the peaceful occupation of the land and we don’t owe anyone an apology for that,” reports Reuter’s news firm.

” The land should be expropriated without compensation.” European colonizers “found peaceful Africans here. They killed them. They butchered them like animals,” he said. ” We are not calling for the massacre of white individuals, a minimum of in the meantime.”.

Mr. Malema, who is the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), told supporters in Newcastle in June that white people can’t declare to own land because it comes from the nation’s black bulk.
Applause deceptive – Milton Nkosi, BBC News, Johannesburg.

Mr. Malema is aiming to make use of the vacuum left by the governing African National Congress (ANC), which has been paralyzed by infighting and restored pressure on President Jacob Zuma to resign over declared corruption.
The applause that Mr. Mamela’s receives at rallies can be deceptive – in this year’s local elections, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) won only 8% of the vote, contrasted with the 54% and 24% of the ANC and Democratic Alliance respectively.
So not too much emphasis needs to be put on Mr. Malema’s land grab call.
The judge told a packed court in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, that Mr. Malema’s lawyers should go back to court on 7 December and offer proof that he has submitted his case to overturn the law with the Constitutional Court.
Back in 2014, Mr. Malema informed his supporters they ought to go and inhabit the uninhabited land in a speech at a party conference in Bloemfontein, southwest of Johannesburg.
On Monday Mr. Malema is due in court in Bloemfontein for that claim.

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