High Court dismisses Malema application challenging 1956 Act

EFF leader Julius Malema appeared in the North Gauteng High Court on 4 July 2019. He's challenging the constitutionality of the Riotous Assemblies Act of 1956. Courtesy #DStv403

PRETORIA - The Economic Freedom Fighters have lost another court case.

EFF leader Julius Malema has lost an application challenging the Riotous Assemblies Act.

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Malema was charged with violating the act on two occasions by encouraging his supporters to invade vacant land.

He was arguing that the 1956 act is unconstitutional.

Malema says he will now challenge the Riotous Assemblies Act at the Constitutional Court.

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“We will also appeal directly to the Constitutional Court because we still believe that the Riotous Assemblies Act is unconstitutional in its entirety,” Malema told reporters inside the courtroom after the judgment.

“We hope that the NPA will respect the decision of the court and wait for the confirmation of the Constitutional Court on the constitutionality of the section of the Riotous Assemblies Act.”