The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have responded to a charge laid against leader Julius Malema by AfriForum by stating that the group is rendering the justice system redundant by filing similar charges repeatedly.
The lobby group filed a charge of incitement to trespass against the EFF leader on Tuesday, saying that Malema has encouraged illegal occupation of white-owned land.
EFF spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi remarked that the group is fixated on a non-issue.
“AfriForum is just a group of Klu Klux Klan who don’t have a life and their business is to watch the movements of the commander in chief”, said Ndlozi. “Everything that they’ve been saying, they’ve already said to the police, who are already on the case”.
Afriforum's Ernst Roets says that Malema is using the contentious land issue to advance his own political agenda.
“This is a political matter but what Malema is doing is encouraging his supporters to resort to criminal activity in order to fulfil his political agenda and this is something that we should not stand for in this country.”
The land issue has been one of great contention, tension and violence, especially in recent times with the emergence of the allegedly Gupta-backed Black First Land First Movement (BLF).
The issue remains one of the top-talking points of the country’s domestic policy 23 years since the democratisation.