- Julius Malema had demanded that the media be allowed to cover the testimony of the policeman who laid assault charges against the EFF leader and MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi
- Malema is adamant that the official won't be allowed to testify without the presence of the media
- To date, the media has been denied access to the court proceedings and ordered to apply for access to the courtroom
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Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has made it clear that the policeman who laid charges of assault against him and Mbuyiseni Ndlozi to testify without the media present.
Thus far media has been denied access to proceedings and ordered to apply for access to the courtroom.
Nevertheless, Malema is adamant that Johannes Venter shouldn't be allowed to take to the witness stand without the media because that is how the EFF officials will be expected to testify:
“They [court proceedings] must all be covered, we want to make them famous, everybody must be covered here. It’s not only us who must be covered here, the magistrate can’t say no today we’re proceeding because it’s a white man who gives an evidence without cameras.”
Malema questioned why a police officer had elected to press assault charges against him, commenting that:
"Police get pushed everyday, if they open cases there will be no dockets. As an officer of the law you will get into difficult situations and use Ubuntu to be able to diffuse the situation. They don’t know Ubuntu because it has no definition in their language, that’s why they mistreat us."
The EFF leader felt that he and Ndlozi were the ones deserving of an apology, adamant that race had played a factor:
"If anything, they are the ones who owe us an apology because we had every right to go into the funeral to lay our mother to rest. They will not apologise because we are black people and they hate black people."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Malema had slammed the case as a waste of time despite the video footage that has surfaced of the altercation between the pair and the police official.
Both men claim that they had unfairly been denied access to the funeral service of the late struggle icon.
Previously, Malema claimed that he would gladly repeat the incident if given a chance to redo the scenario.
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