Julius Malema’s speeding case postponed to next year

2013-12-20 11:23

The speeding case against Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema was postponed in the Vanderbijlpark Magistrates’ Court.

Malema appeared briefly, wearing a red and blue Nike tracksuit, and chewing on bubble gum while standing in the dock.

Magistrate R Mphela postponed the matter to January 29 for the director of public prosecutions to instruct the State on further action in the case.

Malema was arrested yesterday evening for driving 215km/h in a 120km/h zone on the N1 in the Vaal, Gauteng traffic police spokeswoman Busaphi Nxumalo said at the time.

He was arrested at about 6.42pm and charged with reckless and negligent driving and exceeding the general speed limit.

He was released on bail of R5 000.

EFF spokesperson Floyd Shivambu was in court to support Malema. He sat among a group of EFF supporters who had come to give their leader moral support.

Shivambu is the former spokesperson for the ANC Youth League.

EFF members sang struggle songs in the street outside the court.

One of the songs they sang, loosely translated, was “If you support the shower [President Jacob Zuma], you are mad”.

They also sang the song “Dubula ibhunu” [shoot the boer] but some replaced the word “bunu” (boer) with “Zuma”.

In an EFF statement issued this morning, the party said, along with Malema, it wanted to apologise for the speeding incident.

“Economic Freedom Fighters, together with its commander in chief (CIC) fighter Julius Malema, would like to apologise for the regrettable incident of contravening the speed limit on the N1 in the Vaal.

“The CIC, who was on a tight schedule, was on his way from Bloemfontein to attend to an urgent programme in Alexandra.”

The statement then explained in detail his busy itinerary over the past few days.

Malema was not the only well-known South African spending time with the police last night.

Afrikaans singer Steve Hofmeyr was released on bail after he was arrested in Bronkhorstspruit for speeding.

After his arrest, Hofmeyer tweeted in Afrikaans: “Hier is plek vir net een tronkvoël n hierdie tronksel, Julius. Skuif op, vetgat” (There is only room for one jailbird in this cell, Julius. Move over, fat ass).

Hofmeyr was released on R500 bail.

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