Julius Malema, leader of the EFF, and Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, EFF spokesperson, appeared in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court today for the alleged assault on an SAPS Colonel following persistent pressure from AfriForum. The case was however postponed to 23 and 24 June 2020 because Malema and Ndlozi’s legal representative stated they would need more time to prepare.
This follows after AfriForum announced in July 2019 that the organisation would approach the court with a mandamus application to force the NPA into making a decision about the prosecution of Malema regarding this case and two other hanging cases against him.
Malema and Ndlozi allegedly assaulted a policeman in uniform in 2018 during an incident that was captured on CCTV. The senior policeman laid a complaint at the police, but the case received no attention from the police until AfriForum’s Private Prosecution Unit made an enquiry in January 2019.
“It is unfortunate that the court proceedings had to be postponed because the legal team representing Malema and Ndlozi wasn’t ready to handle their defence. Although they succeeded in delaying the legal process today, they won’t be able to escape justice in the long run. AfriForum will see to it that they get their day in court,” says Kallie Kriel, CEO of AfriForum.