Malema barred from inciting land grabs


Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema was barred from inciting illegal land grabs by the High Court in Pretoria.

The court granted an interdict to civil and business rights watchdogs Afriforum and AfriBusiness‚ which had submitted an application for such a ruling in November 2016.Julius Malema

Malema‚ at the time‚ had made statements about occupying land in South Africa.

Tarien Cooks‚ safety coordinator for AfriForum‚ said in a statement on Tuesday that the EFF had been asked last year to stop inciting land grabs as it was a criminal offence.

The EFF reacted to this request‚ sent by letter from AfriForum‚ by saying that land would be taken without compensation and redistributed.

“AfriBusiness views private land ownership as one of the cornerstones of a flourishing economy that is based on the free market system. Any threat or undermining of private land ownership will deter local and international investors and lead to the flow of capital out of the country‚” said Armand Greyling‚ law and policy analyst for AfriBusiness.

“Should Malema or a member of the EFF not adhere to this interdict‚ they will be charged with contempt of court‚” added Cooks.

The EFF has not yet respond to the ruling.