Julius Malema ‘assaults’ restaurant patron

2014-10-23 11:46

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has been called a “bully” who thinks he is above the law after he allegedly assaulted a man in a Limpopo restaurant.

Civil-rights organisation AfriForum released CCTV footage of the incident which, according to them, happened on August 6 at 2.45am at a fast-food outlet in Tzaneen.


According to an affidavit deposed by the complainant, Cassie Moller, and given to journalists at a press briefing today, Malema was with a group of men at the restaurant waiting to order food.

Moller and his wife came in ahead of the group and ordered food. After 20 minutes of waiting, the couple got agitated and asked staff why their food hadn’t arrived.

Moller said: “I felt a heavy slap on my back. When I turned around there was a person standing very close to me and who asked me in a very hostile way: ‘Who do you think you are?’ He repeatedly asked the question and in between the questions he called me ‘boer’ [farmer]. At that point I recognised the person as Julius Malema.

“He also started telling us [Moller and his wife]: ‘Get Out! Get Out’ and he called me a boer again,” reads Moller’s affidavit.

He said he tried to explain that he was “not here to fight anyone” but Malema’s group began surrounding him and his wife.

“Julius Malema became more aggressive and started shouting. He started pushing me against my will and he tried physically to remove me from the restaurant.

“I continued to explain that I did not want to fight but Julius Malema’s aggressiveness just increased. He started shouting louder and swore at me in the words: ‘F*ck you, you boer! F*ck you’. During the shouting I also heard him telling me: ‘I will f*ck you up.’

AfriForum deputy chief executive Ernst Roets said Moller would be laying charges of intimidation, crimen injuria and assault against Malema at the Tzaneen Police Station this morning.

AfriForum helped Moller get the CCTV footage by applying through the Public Access to Information Act.

Roets said the reason they were helping Moller was because the incident was not the first time Malema has been accused of assault which clearly showed that he was a “bully”.

“The video footage clearly shows how Malema pushes the victim at least three times, how he waves his finger in the victim’s face and how Malema yells at him. Although the CCTV cameras did not capture audio, the victim submitted an affidavit at the police station confirming under oath the verbal assault which took place. Malema cursed the victim and called him a boer. The incident sketches a clear image of Malema as a bully who regards himself above the law and his fellow citizens. We cannot allow public representatives to act like criminals without facing the consequences,” said Roets.

AfriForum said they had not contacted Malema before releasing the video but Moller and the organisation were opening to engaging with him outside a court setting.

Malema could not immediately be reached for comment.

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