Photo: EFF / Twitter
Photo: EFF / Twitter
The second day of the EFF vs the South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) case drew to a close on Tuesday afternoon, with Julius Malema cutting a supremely-confident figure during the post-court media briefing.
Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi SC for the EFF told the court on Tuesday that “trolls from faceless and nameless Twitter accounts” were harassing the Red Berets just as much as they were anyone else: Sanef have claimed that Julius Malema is inciting violence and ill-sentiment towards some of their members.
However, Juju and his legal team were primed to play the victims, saying that these anonymous trolls spewed a lot of hatred towards them and their officials. Malema has already won a case of hate speech raised against him this year and feels certain that these charges will also be dismissed – mainly thanks to the lawyer representing Sanef.
The so-called CIC sharpened his claws and had a good scratch at Daniel Burger, who he suggested “got lost” during one of the day’s key interactions. By comparing him to Jacob Zuma’s floundering performance at the Zondo Commission, Malema raised a giggle amongst the press corps:
“They’ve got a junior counsel who they sent here and destroyed his career. The man can’t clarify a Tweet sent by [Andile] Mngxitama and an anonymous account, yet says it is linked to the EFF. [Burger] just got lost. It is like he is Zuma at the State Capture Inquiry, looking for the pages all the time.”
“You could see there is a confusion in the camp of the enemy. We’re happy that the loudmouths have exposed themselves here, there’s nothing this court will find against South Africa. Those with money want to surpress political speech and we have to guard against that.”Julius Malema
Of course, the party leader wasn’t about to waste an opportunity to slag-off Pravin Gordhan either. He labelled Sanef’s case “a joke”, saying that they were merely a front serving for the interests of the public enterprises minister, and well-known billionaire George Soros.
Proceedings are expected to wrap-up on Wednesday, as the EFF’s relationship with the media remains frosty. Nonetheless, a victory in the Pretoria High Court would see the party put their champagne on ice.