The Randburg Magistrates Court yesterday postponed the assault case of
Julius Malema and Mbuyiseni Ndlozi’s to 23rd and 24th June.
According to AfriForum CEO Kallie Kriel the postponement was caused by the defendant’s legal team’s lack of preparedness; “It is unfortunate the court proceedings had to be postponed because the legal team representing Malema and Ndlozi wasn’t ready to handle their defense”. He went on to affirm that the duo may be able to delay but won’t be able to avoid justice;
“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 they get their day in court.”
The two leaders of the Economic Freedom Fighters party (EFF) are facing allegations of assault on a police colonel during Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s funeral in 2018.
In July, the organization announced it would approach the court with an application to force the NPA into making a decision about the prosecution of Malema regarding this case and two other hanging cases against him.
The officer in the assault case laid a complaint with cops, but the case received no attention until AfriForum’s private prosecution unit made an inquiry last January.
However, on their court appearance in November, Julius Malema denied he and Ndlozi assaulted the officer, insisting that things would have been worse if he had touched him ;
“If I had laid a hand on him, I would have panelbeated him. It would have been worse than what you saw. I don’t play when I lay hands,” said Malema at the time.
NPA spokeswoman Phindi Louw-Mjonondwane confirmed the postponement.