Malema's general up for assault
Johannesburg - ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema’s confidant, Jacob Lebogo, will be prosecuted for allegedly assaulting a political rival with bricks and bottles two years ago.
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) took a decision last week to prosecute the league’s Limpopo provincial secretary and two other young men, Abel Mpofu and Peter Moyo, after considering fresh affidavits submitted by the alleged victim and the suspects in March this year.
City Press reported in September 2009 that hours after campaigning against candidates endorsed by Malema for the leadership of the ANC in the Peter Mokaba region, Matlala Maremane’s car was forced off the road by another vehicle.
It was allegedly driven by Lebogo, before he was dragged into the streets of Polokwane and severely assaulted.
At the time, Lebogo denied assaulting Maremane, saying he “collided” with him while driving against oncoming traffic in a one-way street.
Maremane was also arrested and released on bail for the same amount after Mpofu opened a counter-charge of assault against him.
In a September 2 letter addressed to Maremane, a senior NPA official wrote: “After I perused the case docket, including your affidavit I received on August 5 2011, I have decided to prosecute the persons who committed the offence of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm”.
The NPA said Maremane would be informed of the date of the trial as soon as the matter was placed on the court roll. Lebogo did not respond to messages left.