EFF Leader Julius Malema's Legal Team Cites Lack of Evidence, Wants Gun 2018 Charges Dropped

EFF Leader Julius Malema's Legal Team Cites Lack of Evidence, Wants Gun 2018 Charges Dropped

  • EFF leader Julius Malema and his bodyguard Adriaan Snyman want the firearm charges against them dropped
  • The move comes after an investigating officer admitted that they could not verify if Malema and Snyman actually fired a real gun in public
  • EFF supporters are happy that the duo are moving to have the case dismissed, believing there was no case to begin with

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EAST LONDON - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has no intention of seeing his firearm court case through to the end.

Collage image of EFF leader Julius Malema and his bodyguard Adriaan Snyman
EFF leader Julius Malema wants the firearm charges against him and his bodyguard Adraain Snyman dropped. Images: @EFFSouthAfrica/X
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Malema and his bodyguard, Adrian Snyman, have been standing trial for over five years after they were charged with discharging a firearm in public.

Malema's legal team says there's no evidence

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The state concluded its case on Thursday with evidence from investigating officer Rodney Swartbooi, the last witness.

Swartbooi told the court that the police could not track the original source of the video that allegedly showed Malema and Snyman firing a gun in public.

According to SABC News, Swartbooi added that they had not been able to determine whether the alleged firearm in the video was real or not. This prompted the defence team to apply for the charges to be dropped, stating that there wasn't enough evidence against the pair.

Investigator confesses about leaving out key evidence

During cross-examination, Swartbooi told the court that he unintentionally left out vital information in his statement.

According to EWN, Swartbooi said he failed to note that at the time of the alleged incident, Malema was under the protection of a SAPS VIP protection unit, and the unit did not report anything about guns being fired.

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Kagiso Samuel commented:

"Even if this case is dismissed, AfriForum will always follow Malema wherever he goes and find something to take him to court. The sooner they realise that taking Malema to court only makes him even stronger, the sooner they stop being obsessed with him."

Thembani Nkomo said:

"There is no case against CIC and Snyman. This must be dismissed. AfriForum is losing again #Asijiki viva EFF"

Makgotso Bokopane Maputle said:

"This guy is my favourite, EFF all the way❤️"

Thabiso Mbonambi said:

"The case should be dismissed with costs. AfriForum will have to pay the cost. They failed to bring the evidence."

Malema wants magistrate in his firearm case to recuse herself

Briefly News previously reported that Julius Malema wants Magistrate Twannet Olivier removed from presiding over his firearm case, where he is facing multiple charges.

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The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said it is fully behind its leader and supports his application for Olivier to recuse herself after Malema cited that she violated his rights.

According to TimesLIVE, Sinawo Tambo, EFF spokesperson, said Olivier is in a clear conflict of interest because she made a witness change their statement from their first testimony.

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Source: Briefly News

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