Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema’s application to have his firearm discharge case struck off the roll has been denied. Malema appeared at the East London Magistrates Court in Eastern Cape on Thursday, October 19.
Malema is accused of discharging a firearm at an EFF rally in 2018 at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium in Mdantsane, East London. A video of the incident went viral on social media at the time.
Malema’s lawyers argued that the case should be struck off the roll because of the delay in bringing it to trial. They also argued that there is no reasonable prospect of a conviction.
The magistrate’s decision:
The magistrate denied Malema’s application, ruling that the case should proceed to trial.
Malema slammed the magistrate, calling him incompetent. He said that the magistrate was under pressure from the government to convict him.
Malema’s firearm discharge case will now proceed to trial. The date of the trial has not yet been set.
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