- Julius Malena has slammed the assault charges against himself and Mbuyiseni Ndlozi
- The EFF leader and his spokesperson are facing heat over the alleged assault of a police officer at Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's funeral last year
- The pair appeared in the Randburg Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, bolstered by party leadership
Useless and a waste of time: This is how EFF leader Julius Malema describes the common assault case against him and Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.
TimesLIVE reports that the pair appeared in the Randburg Magistrate's Court on Wednesday to answer to the charges placed against them by a police officer.
The likes of Dali Mpofu, Godrich Gardee and Hlengiwe Mkhaliphi flanked their comrades in a show of support during proceedings.
Briefly.co.za reported that the charges related to an incident that took place as Winnie Madikizela-Mandela last year, where the pair were barred entry.
Both denied assaulting the police officer, with Malema adamant that they should have 'dealt decisively' with the individual at the time.
Malema's relationship with the late struggle veteran is well known, and the politician is adamant that if the charges lead to jail time, it was well worth it:
“I've never done that. If I laid a hand on him, I would have panel-beaten him. I don't play when I lay a hand. I didn't do that. Mbuyiseni didn't do that. All we were fighting for was to enter the cemetery and go and bury our mother. We had all the right to be there and he was not going to stop us from burying Winnie Mandela."
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