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Mon Aug 29 00:32:32 SAST 2016

Malema's Guptas war talk stopped

Sipho Masombuka | 09 February, 2016 17:30
EFF leader Julius Malema. File photo.
Image by: ALON SKUY

The EFF's fiery leader Julius Malema has been ordered to refrain from inciting violence against the Guptas. North Gauteng high court judge Johan Louw granted the order on Tuesday afternoon‚ saying he would give reasons at a later stage.

The Gupta brothers and their businesses rushed to court for the order against the war talk of acts of violence against the company's shareholders‚ staff and property.

The plaintiffs - CEO of Oakbay Investments Nazeem Howa and 12 others‚ including Ajay‚ Atul and Rajesh Kumar Gupta - stated in court papers that some of their business executives had begun receiving threatening phone calls on Monday. One had received these calls in the early hours of the morning‚ between 2.30am to 3.50am.

This follows the “get out Gupta” statements made by Malema and the Gauteng region of the party last week‚ which the brothers and their lawyers say “we have interpreted as an incitement to violence”.

The lawyers‚ noting that the Guptas were South African citizens and entitled to protection under the law‚ stated the EFF threats were “xenophobic threats of violence and in direct conflict with the Bill of Rights and the Constitution”.

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