- The National Prosecuting Authority says the warrant of arrest issued for Julius Malema has been blown out of proportion
- This comes after the warrant was issued as a part of standard procedure by the East London Magistrate's Court
- Malema has made arrangements not to attend proceedings, but the court was obligated to issue the warrant in any case
No manhunt has been launched for Economic Freedom Fighter Julius Malema despite a warrant of arrest being issued on Monday.
The National Prosecuting Authority has described the hype over the incident as 'blown out of proportion'.
Malema and his co-accused Adriaan Snyman are facing charges over the discharging of a rifle during the Red Beret's fifth-anniversary celebrations in Mdantsane.
Briefly.co.za reported that the warrant was issued after Malema had failed to appear in court despite arrangements being made.
NPA regional spokesperson Luxolo Nyali explained that the EFF leader was not facing imminent arrest.
This is because the state had been aware of his absence and the court had simply issued the warrant as part of a procedure:
“Even if an arrangement is made, the court may issue a warrant of arrest which may be stayed. It won’t be affected. It is not like there are going to be police running around looking for Julius to arrest him."
Nyali explained that warrants of arrest were issued on a daily basis and few individuals actually faced arrest as they had valid reasons for not attending court:
“It is just that these days it is happening to people who are prominent."
Malema's lawyers, according to the spokesperson, had been aware of this phenomenon as early as last year. Should the Red Beret leader fail to appear on his next date, the warrant will become official.
This would explain Malema's nonchalant reaction to the news, the politician had posted a clip of his lunch brewing away and revealed that he had been 'in the village'.
Many likened the situation to the warrant of arrest issued against former president Jacob Zuma. Should the ANC veteran fail to appear in court in May, Msholozi will be facing the full force of the warrant.
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