Afrikaner lobby group AfriForum will brief media on Wednesday morning on three cases involving Economics Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema.
According to the organisation’s official Twitter account, which asks in Afrikaans if Malema is “on the road to jail”, the three cases involve the On-Point Engineering scandal, an assault charge, and the irregular use of a firearm.
AfriForum announced in April 2018 that advocate Gerrie Nel, who is head of the lobby group’s prosecuting unit, would privately prosecute Malema and those who stand accused alongside him for alleged fraud and corruption relating to tenders awarded to the EFF leader’s engineering company On-Point Engineering in Limpopo.
In March, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said a decision had not yet been made as to whether or not they would be prosecuting Malema over the alleged tender irregularities, which date back to 2012.
AfriForum said they would privately prosecute if the NPA did “yield to” their “demand” that the case be reinstated.
According to the organisation’s Twitter account, the second case involves “aanranding”, which directly translates as assault, but in some contexts can also mean “harassment”. The details of this particular case are not yet known and The Citizen was unable to get clarification from AfriForum deputy CEO Ernst Roets at the time of publication.
The case may relate to an incident which saw the EFF leader accused of assaulting a female officer at Sona in February.
The third case relates to the irregular use of a firearm, according to the tweet.
AfriForum laid charges against Malema last year after he was filmed on video shooting what appeared to be an automatic assault rifle with live ammunition at the EFF’s fifth birthday celebrations. The party’s spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi claimed at the time it was a toy gun.
The lobby group’s Natasha Venter said at the time that the charges laid included “firing of a firearm in a built-up or public place without sufficient cause as well as possession of a firearm and ammunition without the necessary license and authority”.