South Africans divided over latest Julius Malema court judgment
South Africans have been at loggerheads on Twitter since EFF leader Julius Malema lost a bid to have the Riotous Assemblies Act declared unconstitutional.
Malema has been charged under the act for encouraging his supporters to occupy land.
Malema argued that the charge of incitement criminalises free expression but his bid was struck down by the Pretoria high court on Thursday.
Deputy judge president Aubrey Ledwaba said the act is in line with the constitution, which prohibits the incitement of violence.
The judge further ruled that the section stating that someone convicted of incitement should be sentenced "as if they had actually committed the crime [which they incited]" is unconstitutional.
Many took to Twitter to weigh in on the judgement.
Opinions were divided as some supported the judgment, while others say it's not only the EFF's loss, but that of all black South Africans.
Here are some of the responses:
In support of judgment:
#JuliusMalema cannot tell poor black people to occupy other people's land then when the law catches catches up with him he then complains that the Riots Assemblies Act is unconstitutional. What if the owner killed those ppl. Such person can be acquitted of murder.— Not Adv Ngcukaitobi (@AdvNgcukaitobi) July 4, 2019
#JuliusMalema wants to turn SA to Zimbabwe, he is misleading people by telling them to occupy land, He should challenge this law through courts before instructing people to occupy land. With him is about ego not about people, @CityTshwane decision is a typical example.— Lereng (@Lereng_) July 4, 2019
Taking shortcuts and inciting violence or anarchy will never be accepted, we all want our land back but not through land grabs which will result in loss of lives. The least will be for that apartheid law amended and still charged and fined again. #JuliusMalema— SoSiya Mgwezani (@MgwezaniSosiya) July 4, 2019
In support of Malema: