EFF leader Julius Malema asked where is Rise Mzansi getting money from?. Image via X: @EFF

‘Incompetent’: Malema slams magistrate after failing to get case struck off the roll

Julius Malema and his bodyguard have failed to have failed in their court bid to have the firearm discharge case struck off the roll.


EFF leader Julius Malema asked where is Rise Mzansi getting money from?. Image via X: @EFF

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema’s application to have his firearm discharge case struck off the roll has been denied.

Malema appeared at the East London Magistrates Court in Eastern Cape on Thursday, 19 October.


As previously reported by The South African, a video showing Malema allegedly discharging a rifle at an EFF rally in 2018 at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium in Mdantsane, went viral on social media at the time.

The EFF was celebrating its fifth anniversary in East London. In the video, party leaders can be seen dancing and singing on the stage and then Malema allegedly is seen firing the rifle into the air before he hands it over to Adriaan Snyman. Malema then give’s EFF chairman Dali Mpofu a high five.

Roughly one month after the shooting incident, Malema denied ever having discharged a firearm. Having an explanation for video footage, he said the sounds of gunshots happened to coincide with fireworks. 

Malema faces charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition and three counts of contravening the Firearms Control Act.

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Magistrate Twanett Olivier barred the media when delivering she delivered her judgement on Thursday, however the matter will be back in court in July 2024.

In true Malema style, the politician addressed EFF supporters outside the court and lashed out at the Olivier saying she is incompetent and her decisions are politically influenced.

“We will come back after the elections to sit and listen to that incompetent magistrate who comes late to court, who can’t get her papers in order, who can’t read her own judgements, who adjourned the court during judgement to go backseat and receive Pravin Gordon’s calls, Ramaphosa’s calls to receive Batohi’s call. When she comes back to give judgement she’s shaking like hell because it’s not her own judgement but a sponsored judgement,” he said.