Julius Malema’s challenge of Riotous Assemblies Act dismissed

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Any hopes that Julius Malema, the leader of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), had of seeing the charges against him being dismissed have fallen away.

Malema is facing charges of contravening the 1956 Riotous Assemblies Act, after encouraging local supporters to invade white-owned land, while visiting Madadeni in June 2016. He also encouraged supporters in Bloemfontein to invade white-owned land in 2014.

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Malema filed an application in December 2018, to have the Riotous Assemblies Act declared unconstitutional.

His application proved to be unsuccessful on Thursday, July 4, when the High Court in Pretoria dismissed the case.

While Malema believes the act was apartheid-era legislation to suppress black people and no longer belongs in the new democratic South Africa, it seems the high court did not share his sentiments.

Deputy Judge President Aubrey Ledwaba handed down the judgement and said the court is of the view that the application is baseless and should be set aside.

Ledwaba also found the application as a defence against the charges that Malema faces.

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With the application now being dismissed, Malema will continue his legal battle both in Newcastle and Bloemfontein.

As Malema faces charges of contravening the 1956 Riotous Assemblies Act, what are your thoughts on the situation? Do you feel Julius Malema’s case should be dropped or should he face the full might of the law? Share your views and thoughts with us in the comment section below.

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