Justice is the return of the land - Malema
EFF leader Julius Malema made the comments at the party elective conference in Bloemfontein in 2014.
JOHANNESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has addressed the crowd after appearing in the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court on Friday.
He was in court on charges of contravening the Riotous Assemblies Act of 1956 for saying party members must occupy land; he made the comments at the party elective conference in Bloemfontein back in 2014.
Malema said: "Justice must be served, and justice is the return of the land. There is no justice without the return of the land. It does not matter whether that land was bought, if you bought it, you too bought stolen land and anytime rightful owners will arrive to claim theirs."
He added that "they have charged us for saying the land must be restored to its rightful owners".
Malema said "something was happening" with the judiciary and that it should work with facts and not emotions.
"Even if a person can shoot a person in a packed FNB stadium with thousands of witnesses, the case must still be heard in court. Such a person can be found not guilty if, for instance, they are mentally ill. It’s about facts,” he said.
The red berets leader also thanked the party's supporters for coming out to support him ad he appeared in court.
The National Prosecuting Authority charged him with contravening the Riotous Assemblies Act of 1956.
WATCH: Malema reiterates calls for occupation of land
His case has been postponed to 8 November this year.
Malema faced a similar charge for making similar comments in KwaZulu-Natal in 2016 and that case has been postponed to 8 of July.
Malema: we want to thank you for coming out in your numbers to support the struggle for the land to be restored to its rightful owners. Here it’s not about Malema, land thieves who stole the land from our people— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) June 21, 2019
Malema: the judges in South Africa must know that respect does not come from a lucky packet, respect is earned.— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) June 21, 2019