Malema case post­poned

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BLOEM­FONTEIN — The case against EFF leader Julius Malema was post­poned to June 5, 2017, in the Bloem­fontein Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day.

Malema ap­peared in court yes­ter­day. He was charged with con­tra­ven­ing the 1956 Riotous Assem­blies Act after he first called on sup­port­ers to oc­cupy un­oc­cu­pied land on De­cem­ber 16, 2014 and made sim­i­lar re­marks in New­cas­tle in June dur­ing the party’s free­dom char­ter rally.

Malema ap­peared be­fore court in New­cas­tle on Novem­ber 7, where his lawyer Tumi Mok­wena in­di­cated that the po­lit­i­cal leader wished to ap­proach the High Court in or­der to chal­lenge the con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity of the apartheid-era law.

Yes­ter­day’s pro­ceed­ings were post­poned pend­ing the High Court ap­pli­ca­tion.

Malema’s lawyer Tumi Mok­wena in­di­cated after pro­ceed­ings that pa­pers have al­ready been sub­mit­ted to the High Court in Pre­to­ria.

“There is a pro­vi­sional date for the 27th of Fe­bru­ary 2017,” Mok­wena said.

AfriFo­rum, which is the com­plainant in the mat­ter, said the de­bate for land is a sen­si­tive one.

AfriFo­rum’s head of in­ves­ti­ga­tions Nan­tus Kelder said the group be­lieved there is a link be­tween farm mur­ders and ut­ter­ances made by the EFF leader.

“One should be care­ful of things they say,” Kelder said.

He said AfriFo­rum be­lieved there had been a spike in farm killings be­cause of Malema’s com­ments. Malema, how­ever, has re­mained de­fi­ant in his call for the ma­jor­ity to oc­cupy un­oc­cu­pied land.

Malema had to drive him­self to court yes­ter­day after his driver was ar­rested for al­leged speed­ing and fail­ure to stop for an of­fi­cer.

Free State direc­tor of traf­fic man­age­ment Ge­orge Ramot­soto said that a ve­hi­cle was clocked al­legedly do­ing 187 in a 120km/h zone near Parys at around 06:10 yes­ter­day morn­ing.

“He [Julius Malema] was sit­ting in the back as a pas­sen­ger,” said Ramot­soto. “He [the driver] did not want to co-op­er­ate,” he said. The driver al­legedly sped away from the of­fi­cial who stopped him.

He was fol­lowed and was ap­pre­hended and ar­rested in Ven­ters­burg.

“He is in Parys po­lice sta­tion now and will be charged with speed­ing and fail­ure to stop.”

Asked what be­came of Malema, Ramot­soto said: “He drove him­self to court.”

Ramot­soto said he was pleased with the way the mat­ter was han­dled by of­fi­cers at the scene. “It was very pro­fes­sional,” he said. He said Malema would not be held li­able for the driver’s al­leged ac­tions. — News24

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