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Malema out on R5k bail

The EFF leader appeared briefly in court this morning on charges of reckless and negligent driving.

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema was arrested for speeding on 19 December after being caught doing 215 km/h in a 120 km/h zone. Picture:Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has appeared briefly in the Vanderbijlpark Magistrates Court on charges related to speeding, despite traffic police initially insisting that he was only due in the dock on Monday.

He's facing charges of reckless and negligent driving after being caught doing 215 km/h in a 120 km/h zone yesterday on the N1 Highway near the Vaal.

The firebrand political leader was travelling with three friends on their way from Bloemfontein to Johannesburg when his vehicle triggered the high speed unit's monitors.

Malema was released on R5,000 bail in the early hours of this morning.

He appeared in court and his case was postponed until January.

Malema took to social media at midnight to express his dissatisfaction after popular Afrikaans musician Steve Hofmeyr was given R500 bail for the same offence yesterday.

Hofmeyr has since released a statement on his arrest, conceding his actions were irresponsible and dangerous.

Hofmeyr was arrested for speeding on the N4 Highway in Bronkhorstspruit yesterday afternoon.

He says he was rushing from Pretoria to a concert in Badplaas when he was pulled over for travelling 169 km/h in a 120 km/h zone.

Hofmeyr is expected to appear in court in Bronkhorstspruit this morning.