- Dali Mpofu has come out to defend Julius Malema's decision to hire white lawyers to represent him in his assault trial
- The former EFF chairperson has slammed reports that Malema's decision implied that black lawyers are incompetent
- Mpofu claims that the Red Berets have actually lost more cases since it 'started using white attorneys'
Advocate Dali Mpofu has defended Julius Malema after the Economic Freedom Fighters leader chose to hire white lawyers to represent him.
Mpofu agreed that it was wrong for the party to hire white lawyers over competent black advocates but was adamant that Malema's choice had not implied that black lawyers are incompetent.
The former EFF chairperson explained that the party's advocates are black and went as far as to claim that the EFF had 'lost more cases since it started using white attorneys'.
Malema, addressing supporters outside of court, had commented on the subject on Thursday:
“There is some story going around that we are represented by white lawyers. It is true, they will represent us today, tomorrow and any time we want. No one chooses lawyers for us. We choose our own lawyers and we know which one is best where."
Malema explained that the EFF is not an 'anti-white organisation' but instead an anti-racism party:
“We are not an anti-white organisation. We are a non-racial organisation and our stand against white racists is not a stand against white people.”
The EFF leader was criticised after pointing out that the EFF had lost cases after being represented by black lawyers:
“When we were losing cases with black lawyers failing to submit the simplest thing like a one page, and then we must use the same person, lose cases so that we can be projected as the most disorganised organisation with no direction."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the assault trial involving Julius Malema and Mbuyiseni Ndlozi continued 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.
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.
Ndlozi then turned to a nearby police official, telling him, "This is how you move people," labelling the incident a disruption.
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