Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says he will not allow the policeman who has laid an assault charge against him and MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi to testify without the presence of the media.
Johannes Venter is expected to give evidence in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, regarding his assault allegedly by Malema and Ndlozi at the funeral of struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in 2018.
The media has been denied access to the court proceedings and ordered to apply for access to the courtroom. But Malema says Venter should not be allowed to take to the witness stand without the media because when they take the stand the trial is expected to televised.
Court proceedings have been delayed until the court determines the way forward.
Malema earlier spoke to the media saying, “They [court proceedings] must all be covered, we want to make them famous, everybody must be covered here. It’s not only us who must be covered here, the magistrate can’t say no today we’re proceeding because it’s a white man who gives an evidence without cameras.”
“Then when it is our turn and then she’s going to probably allow cameras to participate inside [the courtroom]. We are not going to [allow] that. So we must all be treated the same here,” adds EFF leader.