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Malema to appear in Bloemfontein court for land grab comments

JOHANNESBURG - EFF leader Julius Malema will appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court on Friday, for contravening the Riotous Assemblies Act of 1956, eNCA reports.
Malema was charged for encouraging EFF members to occupy land at the party elective conference in 2014 in Bloemfontein.
Malema faces the same charge for encouraging supporters to occupy land in KwaZulu-Natal in 2016.

According to reports Malema was charged by the National Prosecuting Authority.
His case in KZN has been postponed to July 8.

About the Riotous Assemblies Act of 1956:

The Riotous Assemblies Act, Act No 17 of 1956 in South Africa (taking effect 16 March) prohibited gatherings in open-air public places if the Minister of Justice considered they could endanger the public peace. Banishment was also included as a form of punishment.

This Act was presumably passed in response to the Congress of the People, held at Kliptown, near Johannesburg, in June 1955. Following a call from the African National Congress (ANC), the South African Indian Congress, the South African Coloured People's Congress, the South African Congress of Democrats, and the South African Congress of Trade Unions, some 3,000 people met with the purpose of adopting the Freedom Charter. The Riotous Assemblies Act of 1956 was also used in the prosecution of the Treason Trial, the judicial outcome of the gathering having replaced Riotous Assemblies and Suppression of Communism Amendment Act, 1954.

Update: The case has been postponed to November 8. 

Source: eNCA

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