The Randburg Magistrate’s Court today set the trial date of the case against Julius Malema, leader of the EFF, and Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, EFF spokesperson, for 13 and 28 October 2020.
After sustained pressure by AfriForum, Malema and Ndlozi are being prosecuted by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) for the alleged assault of a SAPS officer.
Malema and Ndlozi are also due to appear in court on September 14 so that an investigation into the suspension of the warrants can serve before the court for failing to attend previous court proceedings due to Covid-19 regulations. The prosecutor also indicated that the original charge sheet could not be traced at this stage which means the arrest warrant could not be executed today.
AfriForum announced in July 2019 that it will approach the court with a mandamus application to compel the NPA to take a decision on the prosecution of Malema and Ndlozi in this case.
Malema and Ndlozi allegedly assaulted a senior police officer in uniform at the Winnie Mandela funeral in April 2018 in an incident captured on CCTV cameras. The senior police member lodged a complaint with the SAPS, but it did not receive any attention until AfriForum’s private prosecution unit in January 2019 inquired about the investigation.
Malema is also expected to appear in court on September 17 over his alleged firing of a firearm at the EFF’s five-year celebration in Mdantsane in 2018. The charges against Malema and Adriaan Snyman include the illegal possession of a firearm, the illegal possession of ammunition , the firing of a firearm in a built-up area or public place, fails to take reasonable precautions to protect people and property and the reckless threat to people and property.