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I’m not scared of jail, I’m not scared of anyone: Malema

todayOctober 19, 2023 103 1

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EFF leader, Julius Malema, has accused the state of dragging his firearm case for five years because it  wants to suppress his voice.
“I’m not scared of a magistrate; I’m not scared of a prosecutor; I’m not scared of a judge; I’m not scared of a president; I’m not scared of capitalism; I’m not scared of white monopoly capital. I’m not scared of anyone,” Malema told his supporters after his appearance before the East London Magistrates’ Court today.
The leader of the red berets addressed the EFF supporters outside the court after his application for discharge was dismissed.
Malema and his bodyguard, Adriaan Snyman, had lodged a Section 174 application to have the the contravention of the Firearms Control Act, the illegal possession of ammunition and reckless endangerment to persons or property charges against them dropped, claiming that there is no case against him and that the state lacks evidence.
The leader of the red berets was captured discharging what appeared to be an automatic assault rifle at the EFF’s fifth birthday celebration in Mdantsane in 2018.
Malema says he is not scared of going to prison and no court will stop him from executing what he stands for.
“So because I’m not scared of prison. When you are a revolutionary prison is your nickname, because when you join the revolution there are two things that will happen, you either attain what you stand for  or you will be killed for what you stand for.”
“Not even prison can stop me from executing what I stand for. No racist magistrate can stop me from executing that which I stand for. No small boy of a prosecutor can prosecute me and jail me for what I stand for,” adds the EFF leader.
Malema has accused Magistrate Twanet Olivier of formulating her judgment on politically-motivated instructions.
“We will come back here 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 judgment; who adjourns court during judgment to go back seat and receive Pravin Gordhan’s call, and receive Ramaphosa’s call, and receive Batohi’s call. When she comes back to give her judgment, she’s shaking like hell because it’s not her judgment – it’s a sponsored judgment.”
Malema also used his address to garner support ahead of the  2024 hotly contested elections.
“Why are you still sleeping on the EFF when the best of the best in society are coming to the EFF?”
He says from next year, young people will experience a different kind of freedom.
“Youth, when we say 2024 is your 1994, we mean that you are going to experience freedom for the first time. The youth must be the solution. You must be like 1976.”
The matter will return to the same court in July next year.
“We have postponed the case to July 2024, because we did not agree that we must hold the case before elections. They want to hold us here, while they are busy campaigning outside,”  Malema remarked.

Written by: Lindiwe Mpanza

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