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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.

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Listen to Burna Boy Feature On Popcaan's New Song 'Aboboyaa'


Renowned dancehall artist Popcaan has released his album Great Is He, via OVO Sound, and it features none other than Burna Boy.


Jamaica's Popcaanhas shared his anticipated album Great Is He, and the body of work features Nigerian superstar Burna Boy on the track "Aboboyaa."

The album showcases the Jamaican musical giant's signature dancehall sound, while also exploring the depth of genre's versatility. In addition to featuring Burna Boy, Great Is He includes features from OVO Sound's boss Drake, Jamaica's Chronic Law, and Toni-Ann Singh, among others.

On "Aboboyaa," the two musical powerhouses merge their signature rhythmic melodies and intonations in a way that is both compelling to listen to on the first listen, and in turn inspires a second and third listen.

Ever since he released his debut album in 2014, Popcaan has become an international dancehall sensation, and his repertoire includes a list of impressive features.

His album Forever, which was released in 2018, debuted at number two on Billboard’s Top Reggae Albums. Commercially, Popcaan has made a mark on the music scene too. His last project FIXTAPE — which included “Twist & Turn,” the mesmerizing dancehall hit featuring Drake and PARTYNEXTDOOR — has garnered over 191 million streams and continues to receive accolades from outlets like Pitchfork, who described the body of work as “a testament to his place at the forefront of the genre.”

"Aboboyaa" is not Popcaan's first international collaboration. In the past, the Jamaican icon has worked with several international music acts including Davido, Jamie xx, Young Thug, Gorillaz, Kano, Jorja Smith and a host of others. He also founded Jamaica’s annual Unruly Festwhich brings stars across the globe to experience Jamaican culture.

Listen to "Aboboyaa" featuring Burna Boy below.

Listen to Popcaan and Burna Boy's "Aboboyaa"

Photo: Nabil Elderkin.

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