ANC oppressing black people with apartheid laws: EFF

The ANC government is using apartheid laws to oppress black landless people. So says the Economic Freedom Fighters, as it's fighting to declare the Riotous Assemblies Act unconstitutional. Party leader Julius Malema allegedly violated the act when he told his supporters to occupy land. eNCA’s Lirandzu Themba was in court. Courtesy #DStv403

PRETORIA - The EFF claims government is using apartheid laws to oppress black landless people.

The opposition party fighting to declare the Riotous Assemblies Act unconstitutional.

Party leader Julius Malema allegedly violated the act when he told his supporters to occupy the land.

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One of the arguments Malema's legal team is putting to the court is that it is racist to criminalise the occupation of land.

Malema is facing jail time if found guilty of contravening the Riotous Assemblies Act and the Trespass Act of 1956.

He was charged after calling on people to occupy land on two occasions.

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His advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi is turning to the history books to try and have the Act scrapped.

He says the law was an instrument of oppression, intended to punish black people for their landlessness.

The state isn’t buying the idea that Malema’s utterances are covered by freedom of expression.

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Advocate Hilton Epstein argued, “it’s not simply political rhetoric it’s in incitement to to occupy land and trespass it not simply political speech, he’s telling them they must go there and do the following.”

The EFF is sure of its case and EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu affirmed that the acts would be declared unconstitutional.

Judgment has been reserved.

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eNCA