Suspect must rot in jail – Malema

2011-07-29 07:00

ANC Youth League president Julius Malema has referred to a man charged with the attempted murder of a youth league member as a monkey that must rot in jail.

Malema made a special trip to Queenstown on Thursday to attend the court appearance of Gerdus Greyvenstein (47).

It is alleged that Greyvenstein was involved in a political argument with Siyabonga Ndabeni (29) on July 16.

Ndabeni apparently spoke up for Malema.The State alleges that Greyvenstein fired three shots at Ndabeni shortly afterwards, two of which hit him in the chest.

Ndabeni was treated in the ICU of St Dominic’s Hospital in East London until Tuesday and will be discharged next week, according to a friend.

Greyvenstein’s bail application was postponed because his legal representative was not present.Magistrate Zamaxolo Lugaji asked whether he had legal representation.

An expressionless Greyvenstein replied in the affirmative.Public prosecutor Thandoxolo Soga later confirmed that the suspect did have legal representation.

Malema told the crowd outside the court: “Who would want to represent him? That lawyer will be jeopardising his name and reputation.

“The reason Greyvenstein has no legal representation is that no one wants to defend him.”

Malema described Greyvenstein as a monkey who should not be released.

“Our members don’t shoot people during political arguments. He does not deserve to be released back into society and must rot in jail.

“We are here today to support him [Ndabeni]. We want Greyvenstein’s bail application to be opposed and for him to stay in prison, not because he is white, but because he broke the law.

“People can’t just shoot other people when they are arguing about politics,” Malema told the crowd.The street outside the court was packed with supporters holding up posters with Malema’s photo and slogans.

Some of the posters read: “Ubuntu is our slogan, but when you start treating us like animals it soon fades away” and “As blacks we belong here to planet Earth, Boers must go to planet Pluto”.

– Die Burger/News24

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