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East London gun dump case against Malema postponed until January 2023

Malema and his bodyguard, Adriaan Snyman, were due to appear at East London Magistrates’ Court for unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition and careless discharge, endangering life and property.

Julius Malema, leader of the EFF. Photo: @EFFSouthAfrica/Twitter

EAST LONDON – The trial of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has been postponed until early next year.

Malema and his bodyguard, Adriaan Snyman, were due to appear at East London Magistrates’ Court for unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition and careless discharge, endangering life and property.

Malema and Snyman did not appear in court on Monday, with the case adjourned to January 30 next year.

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The state alleged Malema discharged a semi-automatic rifle at Sisa Dukashe Stadium in east London during the party’s birthday celebrations in July 2018.

His bodyguard, Snyman, was also charged with violating gun control law after he allegedly handed Malema the gun and ammunition he allegedly unloaded in a public place.

The case went to court earlier this year, but was postponed and postponed until September this year.

AfriForum, which filed a complaint with the police after the incident, said it was disappointed that it was not informed as a complainant about it.

AfriForum spokesperson for community safety, Jacques Broobryk, said: ‘It is disappointing that the matter is not proceeding at this time and we would like to communicate with us in the future as a complainant.’

On Monday, the court adjourned the case again, this time to January 30 next year due to the unavailability of Malema’s lead attorney, Laurence Hordes.