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“JuJu” and Ndlozi allege assault case postponed for Wednesday

Both Malema and Ndlozi appeared in Randburg Court for an alleged assault that took place during the funeral burial of ANC stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in April 2018.

They allegedly mishandled Johannes Venter, an SAPS colonel.

AfriForum announced in July 2019 that the organisation had approached the court with an application to force the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to decide whether to prosecute Malema in this and two other pending cases against him. 

Malema and Ndlozi allegedly assaulted Venter in April 2018 during an incident that was recorded on CCTV.

Deon Klingbiel, a former employee at the cemetery where the incident occurred, testified today on how the CCTV footage was stored.

He testified that he had to provide the police with the CCTV footage more than once because the case dossier had seemingly disappeared.  

The senior police officer laid a complaint with the police, but the police failed to attend to the complaint until AfriForum’s Private Prosecution Unit made enquiries into the investigation in January 2019. 

James Bronkhorst, a police officer involved in the police’s internal investigation into the incident, also testified today that, according to him, Venter had managed the situation correctly by stopping Malema’s car to ensure that the necessary safety measures at the funeral of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela had been complied with.

 Malema alleges that Venter attempted to keep him from attending the funeral. 

“We often see that politicians like Malema view themselves as above the law. This cannot be tolerated. What is very alarming, however, is that the case had received no attention before AfriForum’s Private Prosecution Unit became involved,” says Ernst Roets, AfriForum’s Head of Policy and Action.

Outside only a handful of EFF supporters sang and danced but “Juju” did not address them.  The heavily guarded pair did not provide media interviews.

The hearing continues on Wednesday.

Image (EFF CIC Julius Malema and former spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi at Randburg Court on Tuesday).

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