Julius Malema, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, will return to court for his firearm case.
According to a recent report by News24, Malema is set to appear at the East London Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of allegedly discharging a firearm.
The case concerns an incident that went down on the fifth anniversary of the EFF Mdantsane’s Sisa Dukashe Stadium in 2018. The EFF leader had allegedly fired a firearm in a crowded space. The publication reported that Malema and his co-accused, Adriaan Snyman, will appear in court on Monday. The trial will happen until Thursday.
The EFF leader is charged with the infringement of the Firearms Control Act (firing the rifle in a public space) and unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition. Snyman, on the other hand, is charged in connection with allegations that the rifle was handed to Malema at the event by him.
The case will be presided over by Magistrate Twanet Olivier. News24 reported that “lobby group and civil rights organisation AfriForum are expected to lock horns again with Malema.” The former had lodged the complaint against Malema in 2018 after a video of him firing gunshots emerged.
City Press confirmed through National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Luxolo Tyali that the trial is happening this week.