- Julius Malema and Mbuyiseni Ndlozi briefly appeared in court on Monday on assault charges
- The EFF officials are facing charges relating to a scuffle at Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's funeral
- Malema claimed that the court had risked their lives by asking them to appear
Economic Freedom Fighter Julius Malema and former party spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi appeared in court on Monday morning.
The two EFF officials were at the Randburg Magistrate's Court to continue the legal battle over assault charges with the matter postponed to 13 October.
Commenting on the appearance outside of the venue, Malema claimed that the court had risked their lives by forcing them to appear during the pandemic:
"We are going through a pandemic as a country and therefore any court that requests us to appear without necessarily a trial, is risking our lives. As public figures, when we come here a lot of people want to interact with us and we don’t know who is in a good state of health and who is not."
The charges stem from the alleged assault of a police officer at the funeral of late struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela two years ago.
The officer in question pressed charges against the EFF politicians after the incident was caught on CCTV.
Both EFF members claim that they are innocent of any wrongdoing, adamant that they had been provoked when denied entry into the funeral.
While both men insist that the case is a waste of time, EFF members gathered outside of the court to support their leader during the hearing.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported Mbuyiseni had denied assaulting the officer during a previous appearance, adamant that both himself and Malema were innocent.
Lobby group AfriForum has been key in bringing the matter in question before the courts, reportedly pressuring the National Prosecuting Authority into pursuing the case that would otherwise have remained dormant.
The group had insisted that Malema should be held accountable for the incident when explaining why it had decided to pursue charges nearly two years after it had actually happened.
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