Dec 4, 2022

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‘It was a difficult, emotional day’: Malema testifies in assault trial

The assault trial of EFF leader Julius Malema and MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has been postponed until next month.

Malema completed his testimony in Randburg Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

Magistrate Lieland Poonsamy had previously ruled that what was seen on CCTV footage was prima facie evidence of an attack on Lieutenant Colonel Johannes Jacobus Venter. The state had insufficient evidence to convict.

The judge found However, he found that the State had presented sufficient evidence in his case and considered the CCTV footage.

“Mr Venter’s evidence is also clear that he claimed to have been assaulted,” Poonsamy said .

The Section 174 motion was dismissed.

Hodes then said his clients were ready to testify.

Malema began his testimony after a short pause, saying that the day in question had been a trying one for him .

“It was a very difficult day, a very emotional day. I got into politics at a very young age and was raised by people like Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. I was very close to her and I couldn’t imagine being prevented from burying her,” he said.

Hodes played a video in court that was presented as evidence. Malema said the full video could have painted a picture of the whole incident.

“If the video had started earlier and been longer – I don’t understand this thing, this cut and paste thing, that’s what it is it not an overall picture. It is a part and not the full video. This is an extreme distortion,” he said.

When Prosecutor Mitchelle Hart asked Malema if he was aware that Lt. Col. Venter was supposed to be in charge of the gate that day, he did not disagree.

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“No, I can’t dispute that. Being in charge of the gate doesn’t mean you issue permits. To be in charge of the gate, you don’t issue permits, your job is to ensure accredited vehicles enter,” he said at Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s funeral in April 2018.

They did pleaded not guilty.

The trial will resume on July 1.

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