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Malema, Ndlozi back in court for allegedly assaulting officer in 2018

Malema and Ndlozi are accused of assaulting a police officer at Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's funeral in 2018.

FILE: EFF leader Julius Malema (R) and party spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (L) at Parliament Parliament on 17 May 2016. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema and his colleague Mbuyiseni Ndlozi are expected in the Randburg Magistrates Court on Wednesday morning for their assault case.

Malema and Ndlozi are accused of assaulting a police officer at Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's funeral in 2018.

They have been charged with common assault, a crime they deny committing.

Last month, Malema and Ndlozi's case was delayed because of the media's application to broadcast court proceedings.

Members of the media were chastised for not bringing their application in time.

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Permission was eventually granted by the courts for the media to pre-record proceedings and take pictures of the accused.

On Wednesday, the first witness is expected to take the stand in the pair's pre-trial proceedings.

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There was heavy police presence outside the court.

An EFF branded truck was seen parked outside in the cordoned-off parking area in front of the court and EFF supporters were expected to converge on the building to support their leaders.

The JMPD’s Xolani Fihla said several roads had already been closed off.

“Expect road closures in Kensington B and Ferndale, Randburg. These road closures will be at Shepard and Fleet Street, Main Avenue and Oxford Street. There is a huge police presence in the area to divert motorists.”

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