Civil rights group AfriForum on Wednesday opened a case against the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema at the Lyttelton Police Station in Centurion.
This was after Malema was captured seemingly discharging what appeared to be an automatic assault rifle at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium in Mdantsane, outside East London.
According to Afriforum, Malema is charged for shooting with a firearm in a built-up or public area without sufficient reason and the possession of a firearm and ammunition without the necessary license and authority.
The video clip from which the charges originate was distributed widely on social media. It was allegedly recorded by a police member who also attempted to lay charges against Malema using the video.
“Malema once again confirms that his modus operandi involves acting blatantly and without respect for any legislation or judicial authority. As leader of a political party, this behaviour is reckless, seeing as his supporters can possibly emulate his conduct and contempt for the law. His behaviour comes down to the blatant incitement of people and simply cannot pass unpunished,” says Marnus Kamfer, Law and Risk Manager of AfriForum’s Community Safety Division.