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AFRICANGLOBE - Land will be returned to the people, President Jacob Zuma asserted on Thursday, during his reply to the State of the Nation Address debate. Replying to criticism from political parties on land expropriation and the slow pace of land reform, Zuma told MPs that his government had the interests of the people at heart.
AFRICANGLOBE - Two white South African farmers who forced a Black man into a coffin and threatened to set him alight are facing Christmas in custody amid fears their release would spark a race riot. More than 400 protestors, held back by a line of police, called for 'revenge' outside the magistrates' court as prosecutors warned that the 'very very serious matter' could threaten public order.
AFRICANGLOBE - Two white South African men appeared in court on Wednesday on charges of assault and kidnapping after a video showed them forcing a wailing Black man into a coffin. The 20-second video, which was widely circulated on social media, shows Victor Rethabile cowering inside a coffin as one man pushes a lid on his head and the other threatens to put petrol and a snake inside the casket.
AFRICANGLOBE - The trumped-up case against EFF leader Julius Malema was postponed to June 5, 2017 in the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court on Monday. The EFF's commander-in-chief appeared in court on Monday. He was charged with contravening the 1956 Riotous Assemblies Act after he first called on supporters to occupy unoccupied land.
AFRICANGLOBE - Julius Malema, the head of the Economic Freedom Fighters, the third largest party in parliament, spoke to supporters after appearing in court in the northeastern city of Newcastle. ‘‘White minorities be warned! We shall take our land. It doesn’t matter how,” said Julius Malema outside the magistrate’s court. Malema was appearing in court to answer to charges of inciting his supporters to take over white-owned land.
AFRICANGLOBE - 100 years ago today, the then administration of the Union of South Africa passed the now infamous Natives Land Act of 1913, which legislated the dispossession of land from the African people. Effectively, the African majority, then exceeding 87% of the people living in South Africa lost their ability to live on, rent, till, or work on 87% of the land without any form of compensation.