‘Occupy the land, it belongs to you’

EFF leader Julius Malema has encouraged supporters to invade land, adding that he’ll challenge the constitutionality of the Riotous Assemblies Act.

FILE: EFF leader Julius Malema addresses supporters. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) leader Julius Malema has told his supporters he’ll challenge the constitutionality of the Riotous Assemblies Act – but it won’t stop them from invading land.

Malema appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court on Monday morning after being charged with contravening the act for comments he made two years ago, when he called on supporters to move onto unoccupied land.

The case has now been postponed pending the outcome of the application in the high court.

The EFF leader says the Riotous Assemblies Act was created after the adoption of the Freedom Charter to protect white people.

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“Because the Freedom Charter was saying, ‘occupy the land wherever you choose’.”

He says the law is not in line with the Constitution and says this will be proven when the case challenging the act is heard in the high court early next year.

But he told supporters in the meantime, they must continue to invade land.

“When we leave here and you see any beautiful piece of land and you like it – occupy it, it belongs to you.”

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)