EFF leader Julius Malema on Friday charged that the judiciary was captured and, addressing supporters outside the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court, questioned judges' links to politicians.

Malema appeared briefly in connection with an alleged contravention of the Riotous Assemblies Act for allegedly inciting his supporters to invade land in 2014 during a speech at the EFF's elective conference in Bloemfontein.

Referring to the courts as 'enemies', Malema said, 'You must know that when you are EFF, you are the enemy of the Rothschilds, you are the enemy of the Ruperts, you are the enemy of the establishment. The establishment is white monopoly capital, it's the army, it's the police, it's the courts, every institution that existed 300 years ago, that's what an establishment means.'

He referred to Judge Nugent's alleged meeting with Minister Pravin Gordhan ahead of the latter's appearance before the Nugent Commission of Inquiry, saying the judge did not disclose the meeting.

'Why are the judges meeting politicians,' asked Malema.

'We cannot have judges that seek to impress politicians. What would happen to this country if the judiciary is captured?'

News24 says Malema called on Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng to pray for the judiciary, saying 'SA be warned, something is happening to the judiciary, something wrong is happening to the judiciary.'

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TimesLIVE says the case was postponed to 8 November to allow for a finalisation of Malema's challenge of the constitutionality of the Riotous Assemblies Act at the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria). Judgment in that matter was reserved.

In his address to supporters Malema reiterated the party's demand for land expropriation and criticised President Cyril Ramaphosa as a 'dreamer' following Thursday's State of the Nation Address.

In February, Malema appeared at the Newcastle Magistrate's Court on a similar charge. The case was also postponed as a result of the High Court matter.

The EFF, meanwhile, has been issued with cost orders following court battles since March 2017, in AfriForum's favour. In one matter, the High Court prohibited the party from inciting people to illegally occupy or trespass on land.

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