Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has lawyered up big-time, following DA leader John Steenhuisen accusing him of “inciting violence” during the alleged insurgency against the ANC government last week.
Malema has denied these claims, and is now pursuing a R1-million legal case against the leader of the official opposition.
According to Ian Levitt Attorneys, they are “committed and conscious of the high ethical standards laid down by the profession”. The group is adamant that Malema has not stocked the fires of insurrection, but instead, he has simply exercised his right to free speech via social media channels.
“Our client has cautioned the law enforcement agencies to act lawfully when exercising their duties on the ground, to stop the looting from taking place and to act with restraint, to minimise the violence and prevent further violence from taking place. The tweet you have referred to does not incite violence.”
“Our client is also legally entitled to call for the removal of the soldiers from their current deployment in the exercise of his freedom of speech which is protected by the constitution. The writer laments the heavy-handedness of the military and expresses his preference that the army should not be deployed.”