The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said it “has once again defeated the racist AfriForum.” with leader Julius Malema saying he “wished he assaulted” the police officer who refused them entry at struggle icon Winnie Madikizela’s funeral.
The red berets comments come after leader Julius Malema and party MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi were found not guilty of their assault charges by the Randburg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.
In the judgment, Magistrate Leiland Poonsamy stated that Malema and Ndlozi “successfully raised the defence of justification”.
Poonsamy, however, rejected the suggestion that the case was politically motivated.
“The court finds that claims of a political agenda cannot be upheld.”
Everything for Winnie Mandela
Speaking outside court with AfriForum’s Barry Bateman among the crowd, Malema said “he wished he assaulted” police officer Lieutenant Colonel Johannes Jacobus Venter at the funeral of struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in 2018 at Fourways Memorial Park.
“For Winnie, I will do everything, I did that when she was alive and I will do that even now.
“I wish I did that, I wish I assaulted him. Now that it’s a real issue, I wish I did the real thing properly, I regret not doing it, I should have done it so that I deal with the real stuff.”
“Me I’m not scared boet. Uniform or no uniform, Afrikaner or no Afrikaner, white or pink, I deal with you,” Malema said.
The EFF said it is of the firm belief that Venter’s denying Malema and Ndlozi access to the Madikizela-Mandela’s burial site was based purely on racism and a hatred for the party because Venter was a member of Afriforum.
“Afriforum has once again lost to the superior logic of the EFF and its capable legal team.
“The pain has gone straight to the hearts of the hateful white-supremacists of AfriForum, who fundraise using the name of EFF and through swaart-gevaar tactics, simply because the EFF is fighting for the return of the land.”
“It is a judgment that undermines the presumption that to simply touch a white man, constitutes a crisis, even when such a white man violates the rights of Africans,” the EFF said.