‘Malema not attending court, in the best interest of taxpayers’ - EFF
By Khuthala Nandipha
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) believe that it is in the interest of the court and the taxpayers that an accused person, in a high-profile case, does not appear in court regularly until a trial date has been set.
In a media statement, Vuyani Pambo, the new national spokesperson for the EFF said, when a high-profile case is heard, the court has to increase security, have police presence and suspend proceedings in a particular court room.
The East London Magistrate court issued a warrant of arrest for the Commander in Chief of the, Julius Malema, after he failed to appear in court on Monday, February 24, 2020. Malema and his bodyguard Adriaan Snyman are charged with shooting a firearm in public at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium in Mdantsane while on stage at an EFF rally in July, 2019.
However, the warrant of arrest will not be executed until May 8, 2020 when he is due to appear for trial, if he does not appear in front of the court. According to police spokesperson, Brigadier Thembinkosi Kinana, “apparently, there is an arrangement between Mr Malema’s legal team and the National Prosecuting Authority”.
National Prosecuting Authority’s spokesperson in the Eastern Cape, Luxolo Tyali stated that the arrangement is with the prosecutor, defence attorney and the magistrate. It was for the accused to be excused and the warrant of arrest issued but stayed.”
Malema faces five counts of unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition, discharging of a firearm in a built-up area, failure to take reasonable precaution to person or property and reckless endangerment to person or property.
“The warrant is not a cause for concern for the CIC and the EFF. It is not representative of guilt on the part of the accused or maliciousness from the judiciary. In this regard, a held over warrant helps the state to save its limited resources and continue with its business,” said Pambo.
Pambo assured that Malema will appear before the court on May 8, 2020.