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Dept to challenge Malema's acquittal

The Traffic Dept will challenge Julius Malema’s acquittal on all charges related to reckless driving.

EFF leader Julius Malema in the Vanderbijlpark Magistrates Court on 28 February 2014, shortly before being cleared of reckless and negligent driving. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng traffic police say they believe they have an airtight case against Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema, after he was acquitted of reckless driving last week.

Malema was accused of allegedly driving his BMW at 215 km/h in a 120 km/h zone on the N1 highway in December last year.

He appeared in the Vanderbijlpark Magistrates Court on Friday and was acquitted on all charges after he argued that the equipment used was not working properly and gave an inaccurate reading.

The Traffic Department's Obed Sibasa says they are challenging the outcome.

"The case was finalised, but is questionable. Mr Malema was acquitted. However, we are challenging the matter. We maintain the submission of relevant and vital evidence to the prosecution."