Malema appears in court

By Drum Digital
20 December 2013

EFF leader Julius Malema appeared in the Vanderbijlpark Magistrate's Court on Friday morning to face charges related to speeding.

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema appeared in the Vanderbijlpark Magistrate's Court on Friday morning to face charges related to speeding. A number of his supporters were gathered in the courtroom. "We are here to give moral support for our leader," EFF Free State provincial secretary Busanku Msimanga said. "[It is not about]... the merits or demerits of the case, [he is] our brother." Camera crews and reporters were also in the courtroom. Malema was arrested on Thursday 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.

In an EFF statement issued on Friday morning, the party said it, along with Malema, 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 program in Alexandra."

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

"EFF appreciated the great resilience that the police showed in the manner in which they dealt with the case of the CIC."

The party alleged the police officers' superiors had "tried to instruct them to deny the CIC bail". The party said it encouraged South Africans "not to emulate this regrettable example". Malema was not the only well-known South African spending time with police on Thursday 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 in hierdie tronksel, Julius. Skuif op vetgat" (There is only room for one jailbird in this cell, Julius. Move over fat ass).

Malema was in court recently in November in a bid to persuade the State to withdraw criminal charges against him.

He lost the bid and his trial on charges of fraud, corruption, money-laundering, and racketeering is due to start at the end of September next year.

It is alleged the expelled ANC Youth League Leader made nearly R4 million from corrupt activities.

After being kicked out of the party he once passionately campaigned for, in February 2012, Malema subsequently launched a new party in October this year -- the EFF.

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