The NPA and Malema’s lawyer says the warrant of arrest for Malema is just standard procedure.
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This comes after Julius Malema failed to appear in the East London Magistrate’s Court.
The warrant will remain until his next court date because it has been arranged in advance that he will be absent.
The EFF leader is charged after an incident on July 28, 2018, where he fired a firearm during the EFF’s fifth anniversary.
National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Luxolo Tyali says the case has been postponed so that the defense can receive further instruction from their clients after the state has made the case available.
The case against Malema and Snyman comes after AfriForum filed a complaint against them in August 2018.
Ian Cameron, AfriForum’s head of community safety, says although they did not have a representative in court on Monday, they will be present during the hearing.
Cameron is confident that the accused will be prosecuted successfully and says if for some reason the state decides not to prosecute them, they will consider private prosecution.