A stayed warrant of arrest has been issued for Economic Freedom Fighter leader Julius Malema. This comes after the politician failed to appear in court on Monday.
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EFF leader Julius Malema has failed to appear in court on five charges relating to him allegedly discharging a firearm in public.
Briefly.co.za reported that the incident took place at an Eastern Cape rally back in 2018.
A video surfaced revealing the Red Beret leader apparently discharging a rifle during the party's fifth-anniversary celebrations in Mdantsane.
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The politician had been scheduled to appear before the East London Magistrate's Court on Monday.
This prompted the magistrate to issue a warrant of arrest against the EFF leader. While the party has not officially responded to the situation, Malema has acknowledged the warrant.
National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson, Luxolo Tyali, says the warrant of arrest is standard procedure:
"The warrant of arrest was issued for both Mr Malema and his co-accused Mr Snyman and it will not be effected until the next appearance because the attorney made arrangements with the court explaining why Mr Malema and his co-accused are not in court."
Malema's next appearance is set for May and failure to attend will see the politician arrested.
This is a developing story, more information will be provided once an update becomes available.
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Source: Briefly News