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Unwavering support for EFF commander-in-chief as he faces more charges

Many EFF supporters are convinced the EFF leader is being targeted for challenging President Jacob Zuma.

FILE: Julius Malema, Floyd Shivambu and other top EFF members lead the march from Pretoria's Church Square to the Union Buildings. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

BLOEMFONTEIN – As Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema appears in the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court on Monday morning, his supporters have called on the police to arrest all EFF members, saying they hold the same views as their leader.

Malema is appearing on charges of contravening the Riotous Assemblies Act by urging his supporters, in 2014, to invade land.

He appeared on the same charges in the Newcastle Magistrates Court last week.

About 200 supporters gathered at the Batho Community Hall for a night vigil on Sunday night.

They sang struggle songs as they praised Malema.

Many of them are convinced the EFF leader is being targeted for challenging President Jacob Zuma.

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi addressed supporters last night.

“They must arrest all of us because it is us who want the land. It’s each and everybody who’s black, both living and dead, who’s under trial tomorrow (Monday), when we’re told that we can no longer tell our people - but they’ve got the right to occupy the land wherever they choose.”

The party’s leadership and supporters will march from the community hall to this court on Monday morning.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)