Julius Malema Firearm Case Delayed to November for Closing Arguments

The firearms case against Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has been moved to November for closing arguments.

Malema appeared in East London Magistrates’ Court this week on accusations stemming from the alleged discharge of a handgun during an EFF rally in Mdantsane in 2018. Malema claims that it was a toy gun.

Luxolo Tyali of the National Prosecuting Authority stated that the matter has been postponed until November 1 for the State and defence to deliver closing arguments after the defence closed its case.

“Malema and security company director, Adriaan Snyman are charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, discharge of a firearm in a built-up area failure to take reasonable precaution to person or property and reckless endangerment to person or property,” according to Tyali.

Tyali stated that the firearm reportedly shot belonged to a corporation in which Snyman is the director.

The NPA stated that last year, the prosecution ended its case after presenting testimony from 19 witnesses.

“Malema and Snyman subsequently made an application for a discharge, according to Section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Act, which was dismissed by the court,” Tyali told reporters.

This week, the defense presented testimony from two expert witnesses in guns control and forensic ballistics for Snyman.

“Malema took the stand to defend himself. Advocate Joel Cesar cross-examined all of the witnesses for the State, and the case was postponed until all parties submitted written heads of arguments before the next court appearance,” Tyali stated.

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