EFFE leader Julius Malema
JOHANNESBURG – Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julis Malema has been served with two summonses for inciting the occupation of land.
Malema was alerted to the police's presence during his media briefing on Thursday.
He was told the crimes related to a rally he held at the University of the Free State in 2014.
"This is what the state does. When they are desperate, all those that are seen as opponents are suppressed through state institutions. But with me, they have met their match," he said in reaction to the news.
Malema was served with two summonses for contravening the Riotous Assemblies Act and for contravening the Trespass Act.
The state said Malema incited, instigated, commanded or procured Economic Freedom Fighters members to illegally occupy vacant land.
According to court papers, Malema did this on two occasions, first in December 2014, and then in June 2016. He will have to appear in court on 7 November, 2016.
The EFF has called for the expropriation of land without compensation, so it can be equitably redistributed.