Alleged assault case against EFF seniors postponed to March 2021

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An assault case against Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema and former Spokesperson now MP Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has been postponed to March 2021.

The pair are accused of assaulting a police officer Colonel Johannes Venter in 2018 when he refused them entry into the cemetery during the funeral of a former struggle stalwart Mama Winnie Mandela.

The pair pleaded not guilty to the charge, but have not taken the stand to give their version of events.

The case has been going on postponements for the past 2 years and the first state witness Mr Venter has so far been the only one to have testified in two consecutive days having started this week.

His reason for refusing them to enter into the cemetery was because they didn’t have a permit to enter as it was only designated for President, ministers and close family members.

But the defence lawyer ADV Lawrence Hodes said that Mr Venter was lying and he will prove that he is lying.

In his first statement in 2018, when opening the case, Venter said he told Malema and Ndlozi that they were not allowed to get inside the cemetery, according to instructions he received.

Hodes said Venter had no right to deny them access because it is known publicly that Mr Malema has always had close relations with the family, including Dr Ndlozi.

While the duo pleaded innocence, Mr Malema said instead Venter should apologise to them.

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