S.Africa's firebrand Malema loses bid to scrap apartheid law


- modernghana.com | 8 months ago

South Africa's firebrand opposition party leader Julius Malema lost a court bid Thursday to have an apartheid-era anti-riot law, under which he has been charged with incitement, declared unconstitutional.

Used during white-minority rule to prevent and clamp down on anti-apartheid rallies, the 1956 Riotous Assemblies Act defines conditions under which public gatherings can take place. It also makes it an offence to incite another person to commit an offence.

Six decades after the law was passed to suppress rising black anger against apartheid injustices, it was used to bring charges against Malema after he urged supporters on two occasions, in 2014 and 2016, to occupy vacant land.

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