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EFF Chief Whip Julius Malema is in Court After Calling For Occupation of Vacant Land

The EFF has called the charges against their leader an "Apartheid-era tactic."

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema, is appearing in the North Gauteng High Court today on two charges of having contravened the Riotous Assemblies Act.

The first charge was laid by the infamous racist lobby group Afriforum following Malema's call for his members to occupy any vacant land that they came across at the party's elective conference in December 2014. The second charge was for a similar transgression, this time in June 2016.


The news comes in the wake of the South African government's National Assembly having made history and voted in favor of a new Land Expropriation Bill that will allow for land expropriation without compensation. The introduction of the new bill is an attempt to address the illegal confiscation of land from black people that occurred during the Apartheid era.

There is considerable uncertainty with regards to how exactly this will be carried practically. However, a recently leaked document points to several ways in which the new bill may be enacted. Many have expressed concern citing that the new bill may further divide an already racially-tense country and possibly fuel civil unrest. Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi warned that land expropriation must be "handled with care" lest it works against the country's social cohesion and future investment.

The EFF's second-in-command Floyd Shivambu, who is facing his own allegations of corruption in the recent VBS Bank scandal, referred to the charges against Malema as being "an Apartheid-era tactic."

He added that:

"We have degenerated back to what the apartheid regime used to do. The ANC is behaving exactly the same way as the Apartheid regime used to do. They absolved themselves from killing workers in Marikana, now it's employing racist apartheid-era tactics."

Malema is being represented by Advocate Thembeka Ngcukaitobi. Watch the live court proceedings below.

Riotous Assemblies Act High Court Hearing www.youtube.com


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In 2019, the government of Ghana made a global splash with its Year of Return initiative – the campaign sought to encourage the African diaspora to return home to the continent, specifically to Ghana.

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Wizkid, Tems, Black Coffee & More Nominated For 2022 Grammy Awards

See the full list of African artists honored during Tuesday's nomination ceremony.

Next year's Grammy nominations are in and Africa showed up and out!

The 64th annual Grammy music awards are on the horizon, and Tuesday's nomination ceremony covered a lot of ground within the music industry. Not surprisingly, Wizkid's Made In Lagos (Deluxe) received a nod for Best Global Music album, with the stellar and globally adorned track "Essence" featuring Nigeria's Tems being nominated for Best Global Music Performance. Nigerian favorites Femi and Made Kuti's joint project Legacy+ received a nomination under the Best Global Music Album category.

Other notable nods include; Beninese singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo's collaboration with Nigerian powerhouse Burna Boy, as well her performance with American cellist Yo-Yo Ma received under the Global Music Performance category. South Africa's Black Coffee's album Subconsciously made its mark within the Best Dance/Electronic Music Album category with his own nomination, and Ghanaian artist Rocky Dawuni under Best Global Music Album.

The music ceremony will be hosted in Los Angeles, US on January 31 2022 and we're excited to see who snags the highly coveted awards during next year's ceremony. In the meantime, let us know on Twitter who you're excited to see perform.

Keep scrolling to see the full list of African artists nominated for next year's Grammy award ceremony.

Check out the full list of nominees here.

Best Global Music Performance

"Mohabbat," Arooj Aftab

"Do Yourself," Angelique Kidjo and Burna Boy

"Pà Pá Pà," Femi Kuti

"Blewu," Yo-Yo Ma and Angelique Kidjo

"Essence," Wizkid featuring Tems

Best Global Music Album

"Voice Of Bunbon, Vol. 1," Rocky Dawuni

"East West Players Presents: Daniel Ho and Friends Live in Concert," Daniel Ho and Friends

"Mother Nature," Angelique Kidjo

"Legacy +," Femi Kuti and Made Kuti

"Made In Lagos: Deluxe Edition," Wizkid

Best Dance/Electronic Music Album

"Subconsciously," Black Coffee

"Fallen Embers," Illenium

"Music Is the Weapon (Reloaded)," Major Lazer

"Shockwave," Marshmello

"Free Love," Sylvan Esso

"Judgement," Ten City

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Mini Cho and the Renaissance of African Surf Culture

Competitive surfing helped Mini Cho find his place in the world. Now he wants to bring other Mozambicans into the fold.

While competitive surfing may be relatively new for much of coastal Africa, the existence of wave-riding has always been embedded within the rich diversity of African cultures. The recently released book Afrosurf, explores the renaissance of African surf culture, and the communities that have cultivated it.

The origins of surfing are commonly associated with Polynesian and Hawaiian culture, but historians, like University of California history professor, Kevin Dawson, have collated documented evidence of the independent history of African wave-riding from as early as the 1640s.

Yet, the development of professional surfing has created a surfing culture that has been predominantly framed from a Western perspective.

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