Malema slams 'capitalist court'

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IOL pic mar6 julius malema red beret speech Independent Newspapers EFF leader Julius Malema. File picture: Dumisani Sibeko

Pretoria - South African courts are being used to rubberstamp decisions of capitalists, Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema said on Tuesday.

“They must be ashamed, and shame on the justice system of South Africa,” said Malema outside the High Court in Pretoria.

“The law should always protect the weak and the poor but the South African law is for the rich. If you don't have money, the law won't protect you.”

Malema arrived at the court shortly after Judge Joseph Raulinga dismissed his party's application for an interdict relating to the payment of a deposit to the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC).

Raulinga said he was putting final touches to his ruling and only read out his brief order in court on Tuesday.

“The matter is not urgent. The application is dismissed with costs, and the applicant is ordered to pay the costs of a postponement of the 4th of March,” he said.

Raulinga said his judgment would be ready on Wednesday.

“Costs in this case include the costs attended in the payment of two counsel [for the IEC]. The judgment is ready but I still have to cross the Ts and dot the Is.”

The party took President Jacob Zuma, Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor, and the IEC to court.

Political parties are required to pay a deposit of more than R600 000 - R45 000 per province, and R200 000 to contest the polls nationally.

The EFF was seeking to have this requirement removed or greatly reduced.

The IEC set a deadline of March 12 for the submission of parties' candidate lists and the payment of the deposits required to contest the elections.

Sapa



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