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Assault charges against Malema part of an “an unholy alliance” says EFF

By Charl Bosch - Nov 4, 2014
Assault charges against Malema part of an “an unholy alliance” says EFF

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have denied media reports that its leader, Julius Malema, assaulted and pointed a firearm at a security guard after attending a music festival at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane last month.

“It is alleged Mr Malema and his bodyguards went to a gate which was not used as an exit. An argument ensued with the security guard and Mr Malema allegedly pointed a firearm at the guard,” police Colonel Ronel Otto said.

In a statement on the party’s website, spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi branded the allegations as “the character assassination of Malema” and that they have not been contacted by the police as claimed.

“The EFF places it on record that the CIC (Commander-in-Chief) has not assaulted or pulled a gun on any security guard. Those who cooked this story wished to delegitimise his decisive confrontation against racism that occurred in Tzaneen,” Ndlozi wrote, referring to a separte incident caught on CCTV, which allegedly shows Malema and his bodyguards assaulting a customer at a Steers fast food branch in the early hours of August 6th.

Ndlozi called the accusations “baseless” and criticised the police and media for teaming up against Malema “in an unholy alliance to assassinate the integrity of the leader of the economic emancipation movement.”

“The police should have the decency to speak about investigation in ways that respect and protect the rights and dignity of people. To take media platforms without informing the CIC that they are investigating him is, if anything, opportunistic and abuse of power, above all it is an infringement on his integrity. It must therefore be condemned with the contempt it deserves,” he said.