- The assault case of EFF leader Julius Malema and MP Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi is ongoing
- Malema and Ndlozi are accused of assaulting a Police Colonel outside Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's funeral
- The alleged assault took place in 2018 after Ndlozi and Malema were allegedly told that they could not enter the premises by car
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema and party MP Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi are back in court for their assault case which allegedly occurred in 2018. The EFF members were accused of pushing Police Colonel Johannes Venter.
The incident allegedly happened at the funeral of struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Reports say that Ndlozi and Malema allegedly pushed Venter with the reason being that Venter had denied them access into the cemetery.
Both Malema and Ndlozi pleaded not guilty previously and their lawyers told the court that Venter's evidence was contradictory.
SABC News reported that there was CCTV footage of the alleged assault that was played at the Randburg Magistrate's Court. The report continued by saying that Venter said he was allegedly pushed while trying to explain that Ndlozi and Malema could not enter the premises in a vehicle.
A report by EWN stated that the ex-manager of the cemetery said he did not witness the alleged assault. The ex-manager was the first witness to take the stand at the court today.
In other court news, Briefly.co.za recently reported that the Bushiris extradition hearing was postponed. The case was postponed to 15 March. This follows reports that the couple's lawyer made an application for recusal of the magistrate in the case.
Reports say that the self-proclaimed prophet's lawyer cited 'evident bias'. According to the Bushiris' lawyers, the magistrate had changed. Their lawyers reportedly have information that the new magistrate is the same person who issued the warrant of arrest for the Bushiris.
The warrant of arrest is reportedly being challenged in the High Court in Malawi. The couple's lawyers believe the magistrate should not handle their clients' case.
According to News24, their lawyer said they had been ready to proceed with the matter in court until they realised that the magistrate had changed. That is when they applied for the recusal of the magistrate.
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