Citizen Reporter
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24 Oct 2019
12:33 pm

AfriForum say they have ‘pressured’ NPA into prosecuting Malema on two charges

Citizen Reporter

The lobby group says the EFF leader will appear in court on November 20 for allegedly assaulting a police officer.

EFF Leader Julius Malema in the Pretoria High Court, 23 July 2019. Picture: Jacques Nelles

According to lobby group AfriForum, the organisation has “successfully pressured” the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to prosecute Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema on two charges – one involving the alleged assault of a police officer and the other involving his alleged firing of a weapon in a crowded area during his party’s fifth birthday celebrations.

Malema will appear in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court on November 20 on charges of assaulting a senior police officer, according to the head of the organisation’s private prosecuting unit, Gerrie Nel.

The lobby group said he would also appear in the Mdantsane Magistrate’s Court in the Eastern Cape on charges of the negligent firing of a firearm and the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

NPA spokesperson Bulelwa Makeke said there was “no need” for the prosecuting authority to comment on this and would not confirm whether or not what Nel said is true. EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has also been approached for comment and we will update this story if his comment is received.

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The lobby group, which is very critical of the NPA, also wants it to prosecute Malema on other matters and wants it to also reinstitute the case against Malema regarding his involvement in allegedly corrupt activities of the company On-Point Engineering in Limpopo.

“We have served a mandamus application on the NPA and the minister of justice to compel the NPA through the court, to take a decision on the prosecution of Julius Malema for alleged corruption, money laundering and racketeering related to On Point,” Nel said.

“The court, however, set the date for opposing the mandamus application for 20 July 2020. By hearing the case over a period of eight months, the court frustrates the purpose of a mandamus application, we want to compel the NPA to take a decision on prosecuting Malema,” he added.

(Compiled by Daniel Friedman.) 

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