The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said it would charge leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema for inciting members of his party to invade any vacant land in June this year.
Malema has said in a number of cases that landless members of the public must occupy vacant land whenever they see it. The EFF leader said landless people must “occupy this land because it belongs to them”.
“If you see a piece of land, don’t apologise. Go and occupy that land. That land belongs to us.”
The summon reads: “The accused contravened Section 18 (2) (b) of the Riotous Assemblies Act, Act 17 of 1956 in that he incited, instigated, commanded or procured his Economic Freedom Fighters followers and/or others to commit crime, to wit, trespass, in contravention of Section 1 (1) of the Trespass Act 6 of 1959 by illegally occupying any vacant land whenever they found same.”
Malema received a paper note from the party’s secretary-general, Godrich Gardee, while addressing the media, alerting him to police officers who were awaiting him outside a building to hand him the summons.
Malema said he was not afraid of the summons, citing it was politically motivated.