EFF leader Julius Malema and EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi’s trial on a charge of assault has been postponed until next year.
The trial has been adjourned until March 9, 10, and 11, 2021. Lt.col. Johan Venter, the SAPS colonel allegedly assaulted, testified during the court proceedings earlier this week.
The trial stems from an incident in April 2018 when the two Venter allegedly assaulted at the funeral of ANC activist Winnie Madikizela Mandela. The incident was recorded on CCTV, and Venter laid a complaint to the police against the two.
Venter, who works for the police’s presidential protection unit, testified, among other things, that he served at the main entrance to the cemetery on the day of the funeral. Malema, whose vehicle, according to Venter, did not have a visible permit, insisted on access to the cemetery.
Venter testified Malema told him that no white man would stop him from entering the premises, and he was beaten several times by Malema and Ndlozi. Venter testified that he was struck that he lost his balance and fell against a guardhouse at the cemetery entrance.
Malema’s vehicle then, despite having no permission from police officers to do so, still drove into the cemetery.
Venter testified that at no stage did he provoke the accused or the driver of their car. Footage of the incident was also played in court.
The case apparently received no attention until the civil rights group AfriForum’s private prosecution unit in January last year inquired about the investigation. In July last year, AfriForum announced that it was approaching the court with a mandamus application to force the NPA to decide on the two’s prosecution.