Julius Malema and Bodyguard’s Gun Case Postponed To Establish Video Authenticity, Leaving Mzansi Annoyed

Julius Malema and Bodyguard’s Gun Case Postponed To Establish Video Authenticity, Leaving Mzansi Annoyed

  • The gun case against Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema and his bodyguard has been postponed
  • Malema and Adriaan Snyman are set to appear in the East London Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, 31 January
  • The court case has many citizens annoyed after the defence claimed that video footage should not be admitted as evidence

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EAST LONDON - Leader of the EFF Julius Malema and his bodyguard Adriaan Snyman had the case against them postponed to Tuesday, 31 January.

Julius Malema
The gun case against EFF Leader Julius Malema has been postponed. Image: Stock image & Luca Sola
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The pair are facing charges of contravening the Firearms Control Act after they were allegedly caught on camera firing an automatic rifle at Sisa Dukashe Stadium in East London. They were at the EFF’s fifth birthday celebrations in 2018 when the incident is believed to have occurred.

In the clip, Malema can be seen allegedly firing the rifle before handing it over to Snyman. However, defence lawyers, Advocate Laurence Hordes and Advocate Shane Matthews, believe the video should not be used as evidence, according to News24.

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They challenged the authenticity of the footage and said the State failed to call the cameraperson to testify. The counsels for Malema and Snyman called for the matter to be handled through a trial-within-a-trial.

Hordes said the State has the responsibility to prove the authentication of the video before it can be used as evidence. Matthews also suggested that the video could have been tampered with after being captured.

The matter will resume in court on Tuesday, with Magistrate Twanet Olivier expected to make a ruling on whether she will allow the trial to continue or grant the trial-within-a-trial, The Citizen reported.

Mzansi react to Julius Malema’s gun case

@richardlehnerdt said:

“Malema the #ToySoldier - I wonder if they are still going with the 'It was a toy gun' defence.”

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@Jeffjones281 commented:

“Voetsek, we saw you on video firing that machine gun in public to show off what a big man you are… Just plead guilty and apologise.”

@DontTrustTheFl1 added:

“Be a man and admit you fired a real gun in a public space… You won’t, because you are nothing but a pathetic, lying, spineless coward.”

EFF's Julius Malema pokes fun at AfriFourm, claims the group will be defeated again in "Kill the Boer" appeal

Briefly News also reported that Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema is keen to face AfriForum in court again over the "Kill the Boer" struggle song.

Malema took to Twitter to react to the civil rights group's leave to appeal application against the ruling and expressed his confidence that he will secure another win against AfriForum.

According to TimesLIVE, Equality Court granted Afriforum leave to appeal the ruling that "Kill the Boer" does not constitute hate speech at the Supreme Court of Appeals. The Equality Court handed down the judgement in Favour of Malema and EFF leader Mbuyiseni Ndlozi in August 2022.

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