Assault trial gets heated: Malema, Ndlozi in altercation with lawyer

Assault trial gets heated: Malema, Ndlozi in altercation with lawyer

- Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema and MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi's assault trial continues on Thursday

- During a break in proceedings, Malema and Ndlozi had a heated moment with an AfriForum representative

- The Red Beret duo apparently took issue with where the man was seated in the courtroom

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The assault trial involving Julius Malema and Mbuyiseni Ndlozi continues on Thursday and the situation became heated during a break.

In clips shared online, both Malema and Ndlozi can be seen demanding that the man moves from his position near the accused's dock.

Malema can be heard questioning what the man, believed to be an AfriForum representative, is doing seated where he is.

Malema and Ndlozi can both be seen getting heated during the altercation. Image: Twitter/ @EFFSouthAfrica
Source: UGC

The EFF leader is heard accusing the man of disturbing witnesses and blocking the path to the bench. When the man objects, both Ndlozi and Malema can be heard accusing him of lying before the individual concedes and moves his position.

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Ndlozi then turns to a nearby police official, telling him, "This is how you move people," labelling the incident a disruption.

Earlier, reported that both Ndlozi and Malema are currently on trial for the alleged assault of a police officer during the funeral of struggle veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Both Malema and Ndlozi have pleaded not guilty to the charge of common assault for the incident which took place at the funeral of the late struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Johan Venter, a veteran officer with 36 years of service with the SAPS, currently works for the Presidential Protection Unit and had been stationed at the main gate of the cemetery on the day of the funeral.

Venter explained that his instructions were to only allow the immediate family members to enter the cemetery in addition to the President himself.

The rest of the mourners would be allowed to follow proceedings at the stadium where screens had been erected. However, Malema's vehicle allegedly drove into the cemetery despite not being given permission by any of the police officials to enter.

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At this point, Venter alleges that Malema had told him no white man would prevent him from attending the event and the alleged assault then ensued:

"I was pushed so hard that I lost my balance. I was pushed so hard that I fell against the guardhouse. "

According to Venter, Malema's vehicle didn't have any visible permit to enter the cemetery:

"The accused was allowed to enter the cemetery as they had a permit but the vehicle didn’t have a visible permit. If it did, I would have also stopped it because it was not part of the convoy and the convoy was already inside."

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