The Citizen (KZN)

EFF secretary-general guilty of assault, to be sentenced in May

- Kyle Zeeman

The Cape Town Regional Court has found Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) secretary-general Marshall Dlamini guilty of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, and malicious damage to property.

This comes after he assaulted a member of the Parliament­ary Protection Service during the State of the Nation Address (Sona) in February 2019.

The court dismissed Dlamini’s claim that he was protecting party leader Julius Malema during the altercatio­n.

He is due to be sentenced on 31 May.

Video footage of a scuffle between Dlamini and police officer Johan Carstens was shared on social media shortly after the Sona.

In it, Dlamini could be seen walking out of parliament with EFF members, then he makes a U-turn and confronts Carstens.

Dlamini can then be seen reaching towards Carstens and assaulting him.

As the incident sparked debate and condemnati­on from parliament, the EFF said the incident was an act of “necessary self-defence” as they had received informatio­n about a possible assassinat­ion attempt on Malema.

“We are told that the Parliament­ary Protection Service has been infiltrate­d by these groups and targeted the occasion of the Sona to execute the assassinat­ion,” the party said at the time.

“They hoped that the EFF caucus would be kicked out of the house using parliament­ary security. The anticipate­d evil acts would then be carried out during these moments of chaos.

“When Malema and the EFF leadership were unreasonab­ly stopped by these white shirts in parliament after the house had been adjourned, we all thought this was the moment and reacted with the necessary self-defence.

“The event of a white security man in black and white, being pushed and clapped in the face, followed him violently pulling Malema from passing through the corridors of the National Assembly.”

Dlamini had said he would “never bow down, nor account to arrogant racists and white supremacy”.

 ?? Picture: Gallo images ?? CAUGHT RED-HANDED. EFF secretary-general Marshall Dlamini, seen here during the party’s 10th anniversar­y last year, has been found guilty of assault and malicious damage to property.
Picture: Gallo images CAUGHT RED-HANDED. EFF secretary-general Marshall Dlamini, seen here during the party’s 10th anniversar­y last year, has been found guilty of assault and malicious damage to property.

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