EFF ‘assault rumours’ dismissed on eve of Malema’s trial

2014-09-29 21:27

A Limpopo Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) office bearer has dismissed as “rumours” statements that he had allegedly punched, kicked and hit someone with an empty bottle at a party meeting in Limpopo.

The man, whose name is known to City Press, said everything “remained just a rumour” to him despite a confirmation from at least two party members that he had been at the meeting where the assault took place.

Police said a case of assault with intention to inflict grievous bodily harm was opened at Mahwelereng police station outside Mokopane yesterday following an incident at an EFF meeting.

Police insiders and at least two EFF members told City Press that a party official was the suspect in the case. Limpopo police spokesperson Colonel Ronel Otto said they would make an arrest after statements had been obtained from witnesses.

According to Otto, there was an argument at a political party meeting between the suspect and the complainant in Mahwelereng. According to an EFF member, the suspect had raised objections to the complainant being in a meeting which was outside his area of residence.

Otto said the complainant was allegedly kicked, punched and hit with an empty bottle following the argument. He later opened a case of assault.

“We’re not looking for anyone specific at the moment until we have obtained all the statements after which we’d have built our case and then move to make an arrest.”

Meanwhile, EFF members held a night vigil at Nirvana community hall in Polokwane ahead of party leader Julius Malema’s fraud, corruption, money-laundering, and racketeering trial tomorrow.

After the night vigil, they would walk to the court precinct in the city centre in the morning.

Coming in minibus taxis and private vehicles, supporters were heard singing anti-Jacob Zuma songs. Malema has previously accused Zuma of using the courts to settle political scores.

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