Criminal charges laid against Julius Malema
In addition to being reported to Parliament’s Ethics Committee, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema, and Member of Parliament, Nazier Paulsen, face criminal charges for ‘inciting violence’.
In response to the violent protests in Senekal — which were led by fed-up farmers following the brutal murder of 21-year-old farm manager, Brendin Horner — Malema and Paulsen took to social media to voice threats of reprisal.
The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Chief Whip, Natasha Mazzone, confirmed that criminal charges would be laid against Malema and Paulsen, saying:
“We call on the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, to act against Malema and Paulsen and ensure that their war talk, and incitement to commit violence is investigated criminally.
We also call on President Cyril Ramaphosa to publicly condemn the EFF, and for Parliament to investigate and take necessary action against them.”
Following the protest, which spiralled out of control when farmers clashed with police officers and attempted to enter Senekal’s courthouse to demand that the suspects charged with Horner’s murder be released into the hands of the community, Malema and Paulsen fired back.
Both EFF members posted images and video footage of machine guns, saying that they were “ready” to fight.
Additionally, Malema called on EFF members to “protect democracy” in a show of force at the next trial date. Paulsen posted a video of a machine gun firing into the air with the caption:
“Ek kan nie wag nie [I cannot wait]…”
The two suspects accused of killing Horner are due to reappear at the Senekal Magistrate’s Court on 16 October.