Malema's driver arrested for speeding, failing to stop

The EFF leader himself has sent out a tweet saying reports he was arrested for speeding are absolute nonsense.

FILE: Julius Malema addresses EFF supporters outside the Pretoria High Court during President Jacob Zuma’s bid to interdict the release of the State Capture report. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

BLOEMFONTEIN – Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Leader Julius Malema has denied that he was arrested by the Free State traffic police for speeding, saying he will be in court this morning as expected.

Malema is scheduled to appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court this morning on charges of contravening the Riotous Assemblies Act for urging supporters to invade land.

Free State traffic police spokesperson Hillary Mophethe says the vehicle Malema was travelling in clocked a speed of over 180 kilometres per hour in a 120 zone.

“This morning our chief director went on radio and said that he was travelling at a speed of 187 km/h at a 120 km/h road and that he did not stop. So he’s been sought apparently by the South African Police Service."

Mophethe says Malema was traveling on the R30 between Welkom and Bloemfontein, and police are searching for him.

But the EFF chief has sent out a tweet saying reports he was arrested for speeding are absolute nonsense.

DRIVER ARRESTED

Meanwhile, Malema’s driver has been arrested for allegedly speeding and failing to stop.

It’s believed his driver evaded traffic authorities who stopped him for speeding near Parys in the Free State.

UNWAVERING SUPPORT OUTSIDE COURT

His supporters have called on the police to arrest all EFF members, saying they hold the same views as their leader.

He appeared on the same charges in the Newcastle Magistrates Court last week. About 200 supporters gathered at the Batho Community Hall for a night vigil on Sunday night.

They sang struggle songs as they praised Malema.

Many of them are convinced the EFF leader is being targeted for challenging President Jacob Zuma.

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi addressed supporters last night.

“They must arrest all of us because it is us who want the land. It’s each and everybody who’s black, both living and dead, who’s under trial tomorrow (Monday), when we’re told that we can no longer tell our people but they’ve got the right to occupy the land wherever they choose.”

The party’s leadership and supporters will march from the community hall to this court on Monday morning.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)