South Africa’s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema appeared in the Randburg Magistrates Court on Tuesday where he is jointly charged with party MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi for assault charges against a white police officer that date back to the 2018 at the funeral of African National Congress (ANC) veteran Winnie Madikizela Mandela.
Malema maintains innocence drawing racial parallels with the recent farm murders, “That black boy who killed a white man must go and rot in jail. He’s not our problem. We do not protect criminals. But we will never allow white men to show us what they showed Mandela during the negotiations. That thing must have ended there. That white arrogance should have ended there. It can’t continue now, 25 years into democracy.”
Addressing the public in Johannesburg on Monday, President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, called for tranquility as he dismissed the view that murders on rural farmlands were racially-motivated and not simple delinquency in light of confrontational protests by mainly white angry farmers that fueled potentially divisive national tensions in a country already racially traumatised by its colonial past.
Recently, Ramaphosa told South Africans that colonial regime effects still linger within the country. However, the president condemned the most recent farm homicide also showing disapproval of storming a courthouse to attack the two black murder suspects by white farmers. He appealed to South Africans to stay united in justice and not divided by race.
The duo’ trial was due to begin today but was postponed to October 28 after an application by the media to record the court proceedings.