The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has charged Julius Malema, EFF leader, for firing a firearm on July 28, 2018, at a political rally in Mdantsane, near East London, in the Eastern Cape.
Luxolo Tyali, provincial spokesperson for the NPA in the Eastern Cape, confirmed in a statement that the NPA had charged Malema and a security company guard who had to look after Malema’s security that day.
“The NPA has decided to prosecute Julius Malema and Adriaan Snyman in connection with the firing of a firearm at an EFF rally at Sisa Dukashe Stadium on July 28, 2018,” says Tyali.
According to the statement, there are five complaints against Malema.
1. The unlawful possession of a firearm; 2. The illegal possession of ammunition; 3. The firing of a firearm in a built-up area; 4. That he did not take reasonable precautions to ensure that people or property were not in danger; and 5. That he endangered people and property.
Snyman faces two complaints: That he did not take reasonable precautions to ensure that people or property were not in danger, and that he provided a firearm and / or ammunition to someone who was not allowed to to have it in their possession. “
Sr. EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said at the time Malema had fired a toy firearm.
According to Tyali, Malema and Snyman will appear in court on February 24, 2020 and the state will meanwhile make available the contents of the case file and video footage of the incident to the accused’s legal representatives.