Malema’s Riotous Assemblies Act case back in court

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The case of Economic Freedom Fighters’ leader Julius Malema will resume in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court today. He is facing charges of contravening the Riotous Assemblies Act for allegedly inciting his supporters to occupy land.

In 2014, Malema allegedly urged party members to occupy land, saying it belonged to the black people of South Africa. During previous court appearances in Bloemfontein, Malema has been met by hundreds of supporters, leading to the closure of the historical President Brand Street.

Malema’s legal team has claimed that the Riotous Assembly Act is not constitutional. In 2016, he once again addressed supporters in Newcastle, calling on them to occupy land. Malema is expected to address his supporters outside the court.