A warrant for the arrest of Julius Malema was held in Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Friday, after the leader failed to show up for his court appearance.
This case is related to a 2014 incident in which Malema urged EFF members at an election congress to occupy land.
The EFF leader, with his previous appearance, made an application not to attend court proceedings on Friday due to work commitments.
Malema is in portfolio committee meetings in parliament today.
Herklaas Venter, his commissioned attorney, apologized to the court that Malema was not present. Magistrate Carmen Parks put it on record that she granted the request.
Adv. Sandie Mthethwa, on behalf of the state, has called for a postponement of the possible merger of the case with a case in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal where he repeated the 2016 land invasion remarks.
Malema will appear in court in Bloemfontein again on December 13 and in court in Newcastle again on December 4.
He is charged with violating the 1956 Riotous Meetings Act.
Malema unsuccessfully applied in the Pretoria High Court for the legislation in question to be declared invalid and unconstitutional and to describe it as “apartheid law”.
Judge Audrey Ledwaba ruled in July that it was nothing more than an attempt by Malema to oppose the complaint against him.