Bubblegum-chewing Malema in court

2013-12-20 10:44
Julius Malema (Picture: Sapa)

Julius Malema (Picture: Sapa)

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Johannesburg - The speeding case against Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema was postponed in the Vanderbijlpark Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Malema appeared briefly, wearing a red and blue Nike tracksuit, and chewed on bubblegum while standing in the dock.

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

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

He was arrested and charged with reckless and negligent driving and exceeding the general speed limit at around 18:42.

He was released on bail of R5 000.

Struggle songs sung

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 ibunu" [shoot the boer] but some replaced the word "bubu" (boer) with "Zuma".

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

Officers allegedly told to deny Malema bail

"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.

"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".

‘Move over, Julius’

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 tronkvol 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.

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 ANCYL leader made nearly R4m 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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