Julius Malema hears about assault case from media

2014-02-26 12:13

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Julius Malema says he is unaware of any investigation against him for assault.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader and two other men were being investigated following an alleged road-rage incident in the Polokwane city centre yesterday.

Police spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi said the complainant told the police that he had been attacked by three men, including Malema.

According to Beeld, the alleged victim wrote on his Facebook page:

"I indicated to him that he should please just look and at the traffic light, he and his 2 'colleagues' got out; the one grabbed me by the arm while Malema said 'we’ll fuck you up' etc.; one tried to take the key [from the ignition] and when I tried to prevent it, Malema got in a half-hearted slap, he then stepped back and sped way."

Mulaudzi said the incident happened at about 5.30pm on the corner of Munnik and Grobler streets in Polokwane. "The complainant said he had hooted after a Mercedes-Benz drove badly past him.

“He said the Benz then stopped and three men came out, grabbed and assaulted him. The complainant is saying Julius Malema slapped him.”

Mulaudzi said a case of common assault was opened.

“The case will be investigated and we’re going to get statements from Malema and two others. The case will then be referred to prosecution to decide on whether the suspects should be prosecuted or not,” he said.

Malema expressed surprise at the reports, saying he had not heard anything from the police. “I am hearing it for the first time from you [the media]. I am not aware of anything,” he said.

» This story was updated after first published to add details of the alleged victim's Facebook post.

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