A Free State government official on Monday said Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema had been arrested for speeding ahead of his court appearance in Bloemfontein, but the firebrand politician swiftly denied this in a tweet.
“The report (sic) that I’m arrested for speeding are absolute nonsense, I will be at the Bloemfontein Magistrate Court this morning for Land,” Malema said.
This came after Hillary Mophethehe, provincial spokeswoman for the department of police, roads and traffic told reporters that Malema had earlier been arrested over a traffic offense.
EFF Free State MPL Moletsane Moletsane told supporters outside Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court that government was advancing his party’s political programme.
“We say hands off our CIC [commander in chief], now traffic cops are looking for him all over…they won’t stop us. We are here to defend the Freedom Charter, this is not only about the EFF and the CIC, but everyone of us.”
Malema faces charges relating to the alleged contravention of the Riotous Assemblies Act, which prohibits gatherings that might be deemed a public disruption by the State.
The State charged that in December 2014, Malema called on people to occupy vacant land during the EFF’s elective conference in Bloemfontein, where he was elected president of the fledgling party.
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