A warrant of arrest has been issued for EFF leader Julius Malema for failing to appear in court on five charges related to him allegedly discharging a firearm at an Eastern Cape rally in 2018.
Malema and co-accused Adrian Snyman faced the charges for allegedly discharging a rifle during the EFF’s fifth-anniversary celebrations at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium in Mdantsane in 2018.
The East London Magistrate’s Court issued the arrest warrant after Malema failed to appear on Monday, SABC News and JoziFM reported. The State was meant to hand over video evidence to the defence on Monday.
Malema responded to the news on Twitter by posting a cryptic tweet.
EFF leader Julius Malema and security official Adriaan Snyman have been charged with discharging a firearm in public during the party’s fifth anniversary celebrations last year at Mdantsane in the Eastern Cape.
Malema appeared in court in East London on Wednesday.
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said in a statement that Malema faced five counts, including the unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, discharging a firearm in a built-up area or public place and reckless endangerment to people or property.