- The office of Adriaan Snyman, EFF leader Julius Malema's bodyguard, was searched by the Hawks and other police members
- 12 Rifles were confiscated during the search and shells will be compared to evidence in the police's possession
- If it is proven that Malema fired off live ammunition at his party's birthday bash, he and Snyman will be arrested
Julius Malema's bodyguard, Adriaan Snyman had a brush with the Hawks last week when they raided his office. This follows after Snyman was seen on film handing Malema a gun at the EFF's birthday celebrations.
According to an earlier report by Briefly.co.za, a video surfaced on social media which showed Malema firing what appeared to be an assault rifle at his party's birthday celebrations. Malema denied that he did anything wrong and claimed it was nothing but a toy.
Malema and Snyman could face possible arrest if the police can prove that he did indeed fire of live ammunition.
On Saturday, the Hawks, a tactical response team and members of the Eastern Cape Provincial Services raided Snyman's property.
They confiscated 12 rifles that were sent to Port Elizabeth for ballistics testing, as reported by IOL News.
Some shells were gathered at the EFF's celebrations and it is believed these were the ones Malema fired off.
The police will now determine if these shells match the guns that belong to Snyman. If proven, Malema will be arrested, according to a police source.
Snyman claims to know nothing of the raid but police sources say he was present during the operation. The EFF hasn't commented on the raiding incident.
Malema's actions got reactions from people across South Africa; he was labelled reckless and AfriForum and BLF got involved in the matter.
BLF and AfriForum decided to go after Snyman soon after the incident. Briefly.co.za reported on how BLF leader Andile Mngxitama announced they would lay criminal charges against Snyman, who handed Malema the rifle.
Later, Briefly.co.za also reported that AfriForum laid a complaint against Snyman at the Private Security Industry Regulating Authority.
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